The State alleged three corporations, Southern Minnesota Health Alliance, Southern Minnesota Physicians, P.A., and Hospitals of Southern Minnesota, Inc. were illegally formed by most of the doctors and all of the hospitals in the Mankato area, including St. Peter and St. James, to maintain their control of the health care market.
The Assurance of Discontinuance ended an antitrust investigation into alleged price-fixing by Golden Sky, Inc., a company which marketed and sold satellite receiver equipment and the direct broadcast satellite service known as Direct TV.
The State of Minnesota sought damages, statutory penalties and injunctive relief for Defendants’ alleged violation of the Minnesota Antitrust Act of 1971, Minn. Stat. §§ 325D.49-325D.66 (2004). The State alleged that the Defendants conspired to restrain trade by fixing the prices of fluid milk products at artificially high levels from 1985 through at least July of 1996.