In re: NorthShore University HealthSystem Antitrust Litigation

This official website is maintained by the Notice and Claims Administrator retained and supervised by Lead Counsel for the case In re: NorthShore University HealthSystem Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:07-cv-04446

Update: On May 6, 2024, the Court issued a Final Order and Judgement approving the Settlement. A copy of the order can be found on the Court Documents page of this website.

The Notice and Claim Administrator is currently processing and reviewing claims. You will receive notification if there are any issues with your claim. Should your address or contact information change, kindly inform the Notice and Claim Administrator. Distribution will only commence once all claims have been completely processed and approved by the Court for distribution. Your patience during this period is appreciated.

What is this Lawsuit About?

The lawsuit claims NorthShore raised its rates after it acquired Highland Park Hospital, overcharging purchasers of inpatient hospital services, and it did so in a way that is alleged to be illegal under antitrust laws. The lawsuit claims that people and businesses paid more for these inpatient hospital services than they should have. NorthShore denies the claims in this lawsuit and that it did anything wrong.

The Court has not decided the merits of the case in favor of the Current Class or NorthShore. Instead, both sides have agreed to a Settlement. By agreeing to the Settlement, both sides avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial, and members of the Current Class receive the benefits described in this Notice. The proposed Settlement does not mean that any law was broken or that NorthShore did anything wrong. The Lead Counsel believes that the Settlement is best for all members of the Class.

Who is included?

Generally, you are included in the Settlement if you are in the United States or Puerto Rico and paid for inpatient hospital services directly from NorthShore (formerly called ENH), from February 10, 2000 to December 31, 2015. You may have seen a previous notice that stated purchasers of outpatient hospital services were included in the Class. The Class has changed to include only those who purchased inpatient hospital services. Some members of the original class are not members of the current Class. Additional information, including the full class definition and who is not included, is available in the Settlement Agreement.

What does the Settlement provide?

A $55 million Settlement Fund will pay (1) attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses; (2) notice and administration costs; (3) an incentive award to the Class Representative; and (4) money to eligible members of the Current Class according to a Court-approved Plan of Allocation.

The Fairness Hearing

The Court held a Fairness Hearing on May 6, 2024. At that hearing, the Court approved the Settlement and the requests for attorneys’ fees, reimbursement of expenses , and incentive award for the Class Representative. More information can be found in the 2024-05-06 Final Order and Judgment.

SUBMIT A CLAIM To get a payment, you must submit a valid Claim Form. At this time, it is unknown how much each individual or entity who submits a valid claim will receive. The amount of your payment will depend on the amount you paid for inpatient hospital services and the amount of all claims that are filed. April 4, 2024
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EXCLUDE YOURSELF Members of the Current Class may ask to be excluded from the Current Class. If you do so, you will not receive any benefit from the Settlement, but you retain your right to sue the Defendant on your own. However, your claims might be barred by the applicable statute of limitations. March 25, 2024
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OBJECT Write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. March 25, 2024
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GO TO A HEARING Ask to speak in Court to give your opinion about fairness of the Settlement and requested relief. March 25, 2024
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DO NOTHING Get no payment.
If you do not do anything you will REMAIN a member of the Current Class and will be bound by all orders of the Court, but you will not participate in the Settlement Fund.
March 25, 2024
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