Ajamie LLP Wins Dismissal of Multimillion Dollar Antitrust Lawsuit by National Hospital Chain

Dec 2013

The Ajamie legal team won the dismissal of a complaint filed in New Jersey by Prime Healthcare, Inc., against our client who operates hospitals in New Jersey.  The complaint asserted antitrust and common law claims and alleged that our client had conspired with others to prevent Prime from competing in New Jersey.  Damages were potentially in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. The Ajamie legal team prevailed on a motion in the Superior Court of New Jersey to dismiss the complaint with respect to all the antitrust claims and most of the common law claims. The legal team then prevailed on a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, where the Court found that Prime’s claims violated an Order of the Bankruptcy Court approving the sale of a hospital to our clients. The Court enjoined Prime from pursuing its remaining common law claims against our client. Our efforts included the drafting of legal briefs addressing numerous antitrust and bankruptcy issues, including principles of res judicata, collateral estoppel, and the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court, and arguments in New Jersey Superior Court.

We are proud to have achieved this result, which removes a threat to our client’s business and improves the general climate for hospitals striving to provide top-rated health care to highly at-risk populations in urban New Jersey.