The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in an antitrust lawsuit brought by rival West Penn Allegheny Health System. The 10-hospital UPMC persuaded a federal judge to shelve the lawsuit in the meantime.
UPMC to ask Supreme Court to halt suit
UPMC said an appeals court decision in November to allow the lawsuit to precede conflicts with Supreme Court decisions and those of other circuit courts, court records show. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an October 2009 order from a federal judge to throw out West Penn's antitrust lawsuit against UMPC and insurance company Highmark.
UPMC said the system plans to file a petition for the Supreme Court to review the case, which must be done by March 29, and successfully asked U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab to suspend the lawsuit, according to court records.
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