A federal judge ordered Pittsburgh's rival health systems to mediation over a lawsuit by West Penn Allegheny Health System (PDF) that claims the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center conspired to stifle competition.
Judge orders West Penn, UPMC to mediation
Judge Arthur Schwab said the health systems and insurer Highmark would each pay one-third of the mediator's expenses. Highmark was originally named in the lawsuit as a conspirator, but was dropped by West Penn Allegheny after the insurer agreed to rescue the failing health system.
The lawsuit was first filed in April 2009 and dismissed in October that year. The 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals reversed that decision in November 2010, which the defendants sought to challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
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