Appeals Court Revives $411M Antitrust Class Action against Sutter Health

An appellate court panel has resuscitated a nine-figure antitrust class-action lawsuit against Sutter Health, ruling Tuesday that a 2022 jury was given improper instructions and that a new trial must be held. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California back in 2012, alleged that the nonprofit health system used its market power in an uncompetitive healthcare market to force health plans into contracts that only included inpatient services at Sutter-affiliated hospitals. Plaintiffs also alleged that Sutter forced contracts that prevented plans from steering patients to lower cost, non-Sutter providers for services and that removing those alternatives allowed Sutter to charge health plans high rates for its services.

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