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Judge dismisses federal lawsuit against Ballad Health

MATTHEW LANE, Kingsport Times News • Dec 12, 2019 at 9:15 AM

GREENEVILLE — A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Ballad Health, ruling that the plaintiffs did not provide any factual allegations of any potential injury.

The lawsuit alleged that three members of the Ballad Health board of directors had a conflict of interest by also serving as ETSU trustees/officers, since Ballad competes with ETSU Physicians.

U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier issued his ruling on Wednesday, dismissing the lawsuit without prejudice.

Collier wrote in a memorandum that the plaintiffs have not alleged any facts to demonstrate a concrete, particularized injury. Collier continued by saying the lawsuit fails to state the nature of an alleged injury beyond asserting a violation of (federal law).

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