High court beefs up FTC powers in hospital deals

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with its challenge to a Georgia hospital merger involving an HCA Holdings facility. The FTC had initially lost its case to stop HCA's sale of Palmyra Medical Center but the high court said local bodies aren't excepted from antitrust rules.

Thanks to states-rights principles, state governments are immune from federal antitrust laws. That immunity, however, doesn't necessarily extend to municipalities and other government entities created by the state. Under prior legal precedent, local governing bodies aren't exempt from antitrust scrutiny unless the state has clearly authorized them to engage in anticompetitive conduct.

Feb 20, 2013 7:34 AM

More new judges!

The governor has appointed replacement judges for the special Supreme Court. Three of the previous judges stepped back from the panel late last month after they were linked to a group that backs the Tennessee Plan.

The new special appointees join two previous appointees to make up a group of highly qualified and diverse legal minds representing the three grand divisions of the state.  The governor’s new appointees are:

J. Robert Carter, Jr. is a criminal court judge in Shelby County, elected Judge of Division III in August 2010 after serving as an assistant district attorney general for 26 years before his election. Carter graduated magna cum laude from Christian Brothers College with bachelor’s degrees in English and Humanities. He received his J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law.

James R. Dedrick retired in 2010 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he had served since 1993 as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He began his career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1983 and was a federal prosecutor for drug, corruption, white collar, tax and other felony investigations and trials. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from East Tennessee State University and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with honors.

Monica N. Wharton serves as the chief legal counsel for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, overseeing the risk management and legal affairs department since 2008. Wharton previously worked at the law firm, Glankler Brown PLLC, practicing in the circuit, chancery and federal court systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, graduating with honors, and she earned her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law.

Sep 21, 2012 12:36 PM
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'You’ll have millions of consumers in the market shopping for insurance'

Change Healthcare's Doug Ghertner sees great opportunity to engage consumers
Aug 26, 2012 9:50 PM

'Health care is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing economic driver'

Leadership Health Care's Judith Byrd discusses D.C. trip, networking and LHC turning 10
Apr 1, 2012 10:07 PM

On health reform's election influence

A Nashville Health Care Council panel this week took a close at the state and future of health care reform. Among its discussion points was how the Supreme Court will this spring address challenges to the law — as well as how that might influence turnout in November's presidential election.

“If the individual mandate is struck down, Republicans would be jubilant,” said Tevi Troy, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. “But it would mobilize the Democratic base to reelect President Obama, in the hopes he could nominate judges who would shift the court’s balance. If the individual mandate is upheld, that could likewise galvanize the GOP base in an effort to elect a Republican president.”

Mar 16, 2012 7:02 AM

State Supreme Court remeasures height of discovery hurdle

Coming out of Habitat case, standard required to sue employer unchanged
Jul 22, 2011 2:07 PM

Supreme Court move slams CCA shares

Judges agree to decide if inmates can sue prison managers’ workers over constitutional rights; company adds to stock buyback
May 17, 2011 8:09 AM

Supreme Court turns down VU ED drug patent push

Case first filed in 2005 goes back to research started in late '80s
Jan 24, 2011 1:07 PM

Merit pay in the courtroom

The Supreme Court earlier this week agreed to hear a Georgia case that centers on a judge's ability to award attorneys extra fees if their work is deemed to be especially good.
The class-action lawsuit against Georgia, settled in 2005, prompted the state to reduce worker case loads, improve investigations into abuse and prevent overcrowding in foster homes. Gov. Sonny Perdue, one of the defendants in the lawsuit, authorized hiring 500 additional child welfare workers.
Apr 10, 2009 8:00 AM

Supremes rule in favor of fired Metro schools worker

Amy Griffith Graydon reports on a unanimous and important decision that helps extend federal protection against retaliation to employees who cooperate in in-house investigations.
Jan 27, 2009 7:39 AM