Cases & Deals

UPMC resolves consumer class action alleging conspiracy to foreclose competition

Client(s) University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Jones Day defended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against an antitrust consumer class action in which plaintiffs assert that UPMC and Highmark Inc. conspired to foreclose competition. Following briefing and argument on two motions to dismiss, the court significantly narrowed the scope of the conspiracy claims and potential class and dismissed all claims against UPMC alone. The remaining case was limited to an 18-month period and included only conspiracy claims and claims against Highmark alone, allowing UPMC to achieve a tentative settlement in January 2016. The settlement was granted final approval in July 2016.

Royal Mile Co. v. UPMC, No. 10-cv-1609 (W.D. Pa.)