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Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation for Alleged Anticompetitive Conduct.

CHICAGO -- Date at end of first graph of release should read: January 1, 2000 (sted January 1, 2007).

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WOLF HALDENSTEIN ADLER FREEMAN & HERZ LLC FILES ANTITRUST LAWSUIT AGAINST EVANSTON NORTHWESTERN HEALTHCARE CORPORATION FOR ALLEGED ANTICOMPETITIVE CONDUCT

Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, LLC has filed a class action lawsuit in Chicago, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, on behalf of a Class consisting of all patients and other direct purchasers of healthcare services from Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation's three hospitals - Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital and Highland Park Hospital, starting at least on January 1, 2000 to the present.

The Complaint, filed on August 7, 2007, alleges that Evanston Northwestern engaged in unlawful anticompetitive conduct for healthcare services in the geographic triangle formed by Evanston Northwestern's three wholly-owned hospitals, Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, and Highland Park Hospital. Because of Evanston Northwestern's unlawful conduct, as alleged in the Complaint, Class members - including patients, insurers, and other third party payors - paid artificially inflated prices for healthcare services at those hospitals. The Complaint seeks treble damages and injunctive relief from Evanston Northwestern.

The Federal Trade Commission unanimously found, on August 6, 2007 that Evanston Northwestern's January 2000 acquisition of Highland Park Hospital violated the federal antitrust laws and further concluded that that acquisition enabled Evanston Northwestern to improperly exercise its market power to charge anticompetitive prices for medical services.

Wolf Haldenstein has extensive experience in the prosecution of complex antitrust cases in courts throughout the United States. The firm has approximately 70 attorneys in various practice areas and offices in Chicago, New York City, San Diego, West Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C. Wolf Haldenstein's reputation and expertise in antitrust litigation and other class litigation has been repeatedly recognized by the courts, which have appointed it to leadership positions in complex cases nationwide - including current lead or co-lead positions in several of the most significant pending antitrust cases.

If you wish to obtain a copy of the Complaint in this case or to discuss this action or any other antitrust or other class or complex litigation, or have any questions, please contact Mary Jane Fait or Adam J. Levitt of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC, at (312) 984-0000, via e-mail at fait@whafh.com or levitt@whafh.com, or visit our website at http://www.whafh.com.
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