In a complaint filed in 1998, the State of New York sued the two hospitals in Poughkeepsie, New York, arguing that their practice of jointly negotiating prices with health insurers and jointly deciding which services the hospitals would offer was illegal price-fixing and market allocation. In April 2000, the judge endorsed with summary judgment, New York?s characterization of the hospitals? actions as illegal under the antitrust laws. New York v. St. Francis Hospital, 94 F. Supp. 2d 399 (S.D.N.Y. 2000). With that decision, New York reached a final consent judgment with the hospitals ending the challenged practices and reimbursing New York its costs and fees.