Feb. 5: A request for proposals to take over United Healthcare System's adult and child services is sent to potential bidders.
Feb. 16: United's board of trustees votes in favor of a proposal submitted jointly by Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Cathedral Healthcare System. But in a second vote, the board awards the sale of the hospital's "good will" to Livingston, N.J.-based Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
Feb. 18: New Jersey's Health Commissioner grants United's application for a certificate of need authorizing the closing of its hospital and grants Saint Barnabas's application for a CON and license to operate a pediatric acute-care facility.
Feb. 19: As a condition of the deal, United files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
March 5: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge William F. Touhey refuses to authorize the $13 million sale of United to Saint Barnabas, charging that United's board acted illegally.
March 14: U.S. District Judge Nicholas H. Politan in Newark partially overturns the U.S. Bankruptcy court's order.
March 26: A full hearing of the matter is held in U.S. District Court.
March 27: Politan reverses Touhey's ruling and sends the case back to bankruptcy court.
Source: Court records