US: Residents appeal Ballad Health antitrust suit to higher court

Ten Tennessee residents, whose federal lawsuit against Ballad Health was dismissed in December, are appealing their case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Greeneville attorney Francis X. Santore Jr., who represents the plaintiffs, confirmed the filing of the appeal to the Times News on Friday, January 10.

“The late Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once famously said, ‘It ain’t over til it’s over,’ ” Santore wrote in an email.

“The fight that these brave clients of mine, who are standing alone against the largest medical monopoly in the United States, an octopus that has shut down hospitals and clinics, raised prices for necessary medical services, sued poor people for money when they have naught but a spoonful of gruel in their bowl, and, most shockingly, paid off local and state leaders — some of whom now seek to run for Congress — to do its bidding, is not over … by a long shot,” Santore continued. “We will continue to utilize all legal means necessary through our courts, and pray for redress therein.”

Last year, the group of 10 local residents filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Greeneville against Ballad, ETSU Physicians, and all 11 members of Ballad’s board of directors.

In December, US District Judge Curtis Collier issued his ruling dismissing the lawsuit without prejudice. Collier ruled the plaintiffs did not provide any factual allegations of any potential injury.

Full Content: Herald Courier

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