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March 18, 2022

Jury Finds for Sutter Health in Federal Antitrust Case

On March 11, a jury found for California-based Sutter Health in a federal class action lawsuit that accused the 24-hospital system of anticompetitive practices that increased healthcare costs for patients by $411 million. The case was filed in 2012 and accused Sutter of tying, wherein insurers were forced to include all Sutter hospitals in its plans in order to secure the contracts, which allegedly had the effect of preventing insurers from steering patients to other, lower-cost hospitals.