The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has expedited Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic's appeal of an antitrust verdict, scheduling oral arguments for late July or August.
Meanwhile, the clinic does not have to comply with an injunction designed to restrict it from anti-competitive conduct until the appeal is decided.
The court decided to speed the appeal shortly after it granted a stay of an injunction against the 430-physician clinic and its Security Health Plan, which was imposed March 22 by a U.S. District Court judge in Madison, Wis.
Last December a federal jury in Madison found the central Wisconsin clinic guilty of practices such as price fixing and dividing territories with competitors. The clinic was ordered to pay Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, the plaintiff, $17 million in damages, plus attorneys' fees.