The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says St. Luke’s Health System cannot have a second chance to argue its case in a hospital antitrust lawsuit.
The health system appealed a January 2014 ruling in the lawsuit, in which U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that St. Luke’s broke federal antitrust laws when it bought Saltzer Medical Group, a large multi-specialty practice in Nampa.
A panel of appeals-court judges upheld Winmill’s ruling in February. St. Luke’s filed a request for a re-hearing by the panel or by the full appeals court.
But the panel voted to deny the request, and the other judges did not vote to consider the request. As a result, the request was denied, according to court filings Tuesday.