Mergers & Antitrust Law News

Justices Let Antitrust Exemption Stand in California EMS Case

March 18, 2019, 2:58 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t be reviving an ambulance company’s antitrust suit accusing a dozen California cities of unlawfully monopolizing emergency medical services.

The high court declined March 18 to second-guess a federal appellate decision extending “state action” immunity from antitrust enforcement to Anaheim and 11 other cities that either provide their own EMS services or contract with an exclusive provider.

The certiorari denial deals a final blow to claims advanced under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by AmeriCare MedServices Inc., an ambulance company that challenged the cities’ policies under California’s EMS Act.

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