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Pipeline Health: Melrose Park hospital workers properly told facility was closing, WARN suit should be tossed
The parent company of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park is arguing hospital workers had plenty of advance notice the facility was closing, contrary to a suit by the workers that alleges employees were "blindsided" when the owners abruptly shut down, allegedly violating federal labor law.
Judge: Bankruptcy law shields Pipeline from Melrose Park's lawsuit over using bankruptcy to close Westlake Hospital
A federal judge has ruled bankruptcy laws should block lawyers representing the village of Melrose Park from continuing to sue the owners of a now-shuttered suburban hospital for using federal bankruptcy protection to close the hospital, despite a state court order blocking the owners from locking the doors at the financially-troubled health care facility.
Faced with a possible court order forcing them to keep open a hospital they claim is hemorrhaging money, the owners of Melrose Park’s Westlake Hospital have asked a federal bankruptcy court to take oversight of the owners’ long-running efforts to wind down operations at the hospital, and take it out from under the Cook County courts, for now.