Anticompetitive Lawsuit Against Scripps Health Heads to Trial

A 2009 lawsuit filed by Oceanside, Calif.-based Tri-City Healthcare District — alleging San Diego-based Scripps Health redirected patients from Tri-City's market to Scripps facilities — is headed to trial, according to a Coast News report.

In 2009, Scripps acquired Sharp Mission Park Medical Group, a practice of 65 physicians that had previously referred the majority of their patients to Tri-City Medical Center.

Tri-City claimed that since the acquisition, "Scripps has steered patients living in the District to Scripps facilities in Encinitas, and as far away as Chula Vista, adversely affecting patients and their care," according to the report.

Scripps tried to handle the case in arbitration, but the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling that Tri-City's anticompetitive claims are not subject to arbitration.

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