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Hearing on FTC's Challenge of Rockford Health, OSF Merger Begins

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A judge in the Northern District of Illinois today began to hear arguments in the Federal Trade Commission's challenge of Peoria, Ill-based OSF Healthcare's acquisition of Rockford (Ill.) Health, according to a Rockford Register Star report.

The FTC has requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction of the deal, arguing the transaction would reduce competition in the Rockford area.

A federal hearing on the challenge is scheduled in April, and a preliminary injunction could help the FTC's case, according to the report.

The two systems announced their plan to affiliate in February of last year.

Related Articles on Rockford Health, OSF HealthCare:

FTC Challenging OSF HealthCare's Acquisition of Rockford Health
FTC Ruling on Illinois' OSF HealthCare, Rockford Deal Expected Soon
FTC Requests More Time to Research Merger Between Illinois' OSF and Rockford Health

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