Defendants engaged in a conspiracy to monopolize the ambulance service provider market. Eastern Ambulance Service agreed to stop providing private wheelchair transportation services. In return, Tender Loving Care Medical Transportation Services, Inc. (TLC) agreed to withdraw from the ambulance service market. The case settled for $35,000.
Connecticut v. American Medical Response, Inc., No. CV-99-589962-S (CT Super. Ct., Hartford Dist. 1999)
Plaintiff state investigated ambulance service after mergers gave it significant market power in state. Settlement required divestiture of 30 licenses, 20 ambulances, and rights to several primary service areas or PSAs.
Plaintiff state charged five defendants, Metropolitan, Superior, Sacramento and Foothill Ambulance Service and 9-1-1 Emergency Services, with violating California’s antitrust law by unlawfully agreeing on customer allocation and pricing of ambulance transport services over a long period. The companies, who admitted no wrongdoing, paid $160,000 in civil penalties, costs and attorneys fees. They were also enjoined from future violations and required to establish a compliance program. The named executives may not participate in ambulance association activities except those involving paramedic or treatment topics.
Michigan v. Warner-Universal Ambulance Service, 1980-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) 63,536 (Mich. Cir. Ct. 1980)
State sought damages and injunctive relief, alleging that Defendants conspired with one another to collectively refuse to participate in or collectively refuse to withdraw from the Michigan Medicaid Program.