US Supreme Court hears arguments in FTC v Phoebe

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The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) appeal of a federal court ruling allowing the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County to purchase Palmyra Medical Center Monday morning according to a press release issued by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Phoebe officials say the FTC appealed a ruling by Federal Judge Louis Sands in 2011 dismissing the agency's claim of jurisdiction over the agreement between the Authority and HCA, the previous owners of Palmyra Medical Center. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling which was appealed to the Supreme Court.

"The case was well argued to a court that appeared to be very knowledgeable about the issues," said Thomas Chambless, general counsel for Phoebe in the release. Chambless adds, "they asked many questions about the main issue, which is state action immunity."

A former solicitor general of the United States, Seth Waxman, argued the case for Phoebe and the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County and the FTC was represented by the Office of the Solicitor General.

Phoebe says that the Supreme Court is not expected to rule until the spring of 2013.

For the complete transcript of the arguements in the case, click here.

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