Lawyers for St. Luke's Health System were ready to begin presenting their defense in a federal trial Monday with the system's CEO David Pate taking the stand.
But U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill postponed the proceedings until Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., when Pate is now expected to give his testimony. St. Luke's spokespeople say attorneys also plan to call as a witness Pat Richards, president and CEO of Utah-based insurer SelectHealth, which has an alliance with St. Luke's.
The trial is expected to last another two weeks. Closing arguments are scheduled for Nov. 7. The federal government shutdown does not stop federal court hearings, but attorneys have said courthouse staffing may be affected by federal-employee furloughs.
Saint Alphonsus Health System, Treasure Valley Hospital, the Federal Trade Commission and the Idaho Attorney General have presented nearly all of their witnesses and evidence for their complaint that St. Luke's Health System broke antitrust laws by reducing competition for primary care in the Nampa area when it bought Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.