Federal Trade Commission

St. Luke's
12:07 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Judge Rules Against St. Luke's In Antitrust Case

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Friday, ordering St. Luke's Health System to undo its buyout of the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.

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Healthcare
10:15 am
Tue November 12, 2013

St. Luke's Trial Highlights Mixed Healthcare Messages From Federal Government

St. Luke's defended its 2012 buyout of a Nampa doctors group during a recent four-week trial. The outcome of the merger is now up to a judge.
Credit St. Luke's

A judge in Boise is now considering weeks worth of testimony in a case that could have significant effects on healthcare in Idaho and beyond. Attorneys representing several groups last week made their closing arguments against Saint Luke’s acquisition of the Nampa company Saltzer Medical Group. 

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Idaho News
12:56 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Economist Testifies In Favor Of St. Luke's Growth During Federal Trial

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A heath care economist has told a federal judge he thinks the decision by St. Luke's Health System to swallow up a smaller competitor is good for health care across Idaho.

The testimony of Alain Enthoven came Tuesday in the federal antitrust lawsuit between St. Luke's and competitor Saint Alphonsus Health System.

The trial — now in its fourth week — focuses on St. Luke's acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group.

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Technology and Social Media
11:44 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Everybody's A Brand: Navigating Social Media Disclosure Rules

Nordstrom Rack in Boise
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

The lead up to the opening of a Nordstrom Rack in Boise last week turned into a mash-up of gift cards, cocktails, and social media. Twitter traffic was high and it raised questions over whether Nordstrom and tweeters followed Federal Trade Commission guidelines on endorsements.  There’s a lot of fuzziness when it comes to these guides.

Buzz is good in the public relations and marketing world.  High Twitter traffic and Facebook likes are to social media gurus what candy is to that clichéd baby.

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