UPMC, a not-for-profit health system with its tax-exempt status under attack, is fighting back with a lawsuit against its hometown and mayor.
The health system's lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleges the city of Pittsburgh and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl violated UPMC's right to due process and equal protection when they filed suit in March to challenge UPMC's tax breaks. The health system also argues it was illegally singled out and that the tax challenge infringed on its right to pursue business across state lines and internationally. The city claimed UPMC's international businesses are not “in the best interests of the local region and its patients,” according to the system's lawsuit.
A spokesman for the city was not available at deadline.