A federal judge is expected to rule soon on whether a temporary restraining order will be issued that would continue to freeze action related to Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica Health System's purchase of St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio.
Ruling awaited on ProMedica restraining order
A hearing on the matter was held Thursday in U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, in Toledo. The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint seeking to undo the merger early this month and as part of that requested in federal court that both the temporary restraining order and a longer-term preliminary injunction be issued.
Jeff Kuhn, chief legal officer and general counsel for ProMedica, said that it would not be unusual if the judge granted the temporary restraining order, which would last about a month. A decision on that order is expected by Monday.
Of more concern to ProMedica is the prospect of the judge issuing the preliminary injunction, which ProMedica considers to be very restrictive, Kuhn said. The injunction would have “a chilling effect” on the deal between ProMedica and St. Luke's, Kuhn said. ProMedica requested that a hearing on the preliminary injunction be held in February, he said.
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