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Appeals court denies St. Luke’s a second chance to argue case

St. Luke's flagship medical center in Boise.
St. Luke's flagship medical center in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

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.

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