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Judge blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger; effort to combine health systems scuttled

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 7, 2017, 3:35pm

A Chicago federal judge has moved to formally block the attempted merger between Advocate and NorthShore, two of the Chicago area’s largest hospital operators, granting federal regulators’ request for an injunction and likely scuttling the merger.

Judge: Feds can keep lock on online credit report biz over Craigslist rental ads fraud charges

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 22, 2017, 6:36pm

A federal judge in Chicago has decided to allow federal regulators to continue to lock down an online company accused of working with others who listed fake rental properties on Craigslist to dupe customers into signing up for a credit monitoring service.

Seventh Circuit blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger, says new hospital system could raise prices

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2016, 1:30pm

A federal appeals court has put a proposed merger of Advocate and NorthShore University health systems back on hold, saying a federal judge who earlier this summer had denied government regulators’ requests for an injunction had not properly considered how large and influential the proposed new health system could be on raising health care prices in the region the new system would serve.

FTC issues study on 'patent assertion entities'; attorney says some PAEs are white-collar bandits

Tara Mapes Oct. 18, 2016, 12:28pm

Saying an imbalance has continued in litigation over patent rights, federal regulators have called for changes to level the legal playing field for businesses targeted with patent lawsuits.On Oct. 6, the Federal Trade Commission issued a study, titled "Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study," taking a look at so-called patent assertion entities (PAEs), revealing information that confirms what many already knew concerning the activities of one type of PAE, that the FTC says perpetuates "n

Pennsylvania win could boost FTC in antitrust campaign against Advocate/NorthShore merger

Quinten Plummer Oct. 3, 2016, 7:35pm

As it attempts to stop the merger of the Advocate and NorthShore health systems in Illinois, the Federal Trade Commission scored a possibly influential win in Pennsylvania as the regulatory body continues its campaign to keep healthcare systems as competitive as possible.

Judge's decision not to block Advocate, NorthShore merger sign of 'shifting tide,' nod to market pressures

Carrie Salls Jun. 24, 2016, 11:06pm

The decision by a Chicago federal court not to block a merger between Advocate and NorthShore University health systems may be a glimpse into a trend under which market pressures will push more hospitals to merge in order to survive, a health care attorney said.

Supreme Court rejects latest attempt to revive $5.4 billion judgment in Price vs Philip Morris

Ann Maher Jan. 12, 2016, 7:31pm

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied attorney Stephen Tillery's request to recall a mandate the Court issued a decade ago after it struck down a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris. In the same announcement posted this afternoon, the Court also referred to Justice Lloyd Karmeier Tillery's move to recuse or disqualify Karmeier from hearing the matter. Karmeier then denied that request, as well.