Seventh Circuit Resurrects Physician’s Antitrust Challenge to Loss of Medical Staff Privileges

Although many attempts by physicians to challenge hospital medical staff privileges terminations on antitrust grounds have fallen flat over the years, often because of perceived failures by the plaintiff to allege an appropriate geographic or service “market” for antitrust purposes, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently revived a physician’s antitrust suit against Indiana University Health (“IU Health”), finding that the plaintiff alleged plausible claims under the Sherman Act and Clayton Act.[1]