US: SCOTUS Won’t be reviving an ambulance’s antitrust suit

The US 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 on 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.

AmeriCare MedServices, an ambulance service that operates in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, filed suit in 2016 against Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Orange, La Habra, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Buena Park, and San Clemente.

The company accused the cities of conspiring to monopolize the market and shut out AmeriCare from winning contracts.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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