Two Memphis, Tenn., systemsBaptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and Methodist
Healthcarelost their bid to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging the
employers conspired to hold down nurse wages when a federal judge denied
their request to throw out the case.
Judge Samuel Mays Jr., in U.S. District Court, Memphis, said the
plaintiffs stated facts sufficient to support their claim and
adequately alleged the nature and object of the conspiracy, according to
The lawsuit is one of five alleging hospitals colluded to depress
registered nurses wages.
In a written statement, Ayoka Pond, a spokeswoman for 14-hospital Baptist
Memorial, called the decision disappointing, but said the system remains
committed to vigorously defending and opposing this suit because we
believe it is completely without merit.
In a written statement, W. Steven West, senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for three-hospital Methodist Healthcare said: "We remain steadfast in our position that Methodist Healthcare adheres to fair, ethical and lawful pay practices, and we plan to vigorously defend this lawsuit." -- by Melanie