A judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that two-hospital Greater Lafayette (Ind.) Health Services used illegal tactics to block a physicians group from building a 140-bed hospital there last year. U.S. District Judge Allen Sharp dismissed the lawsuit by Arnett Clinic, a practice of about 155 doctors. The clinic halted construction on the $150 million project last year, about a week or so after breaking ground, and in a news release at the time said "road blocks" erected by Greater Lafayette made it "impractical" to proceed. Clinic and hospital officials did not return calls seeking comment According to published reports, Sharp said none of the individual acts alleged were illegal and in his decision wrote: "This court will not cobble those legal actions together in an attempt to divine some overall wrongdoing." -- by Michael Romano
Judge: Ind. hospital did not illegally block competition
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