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Doctors Inc. v. Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT


argued: April 19, 1976.

DOCTORS, INC., A/K/A DOCTORS HOSPITAL, APPELLANT
v.
BLUE CROSS OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA A/K/A ASSOCIATED HOSPITAL SERVICE OF PHILADELPHIA AND HOSPITAL SURVEY COMMITTEE, INC., APPELLEES

APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. (D.C. Civil No. 73-1057).

Aldisert, Adams*fn* and Weis, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

After a remand from this Court, see 490 F.2d 48 (3d Cir. 1973), the district court entered summary judgment for the defendants,*fn1 reasoning that:

(1) The state action exemption as announced in Parker v. Brown, 317 U.S. 341, 87 L. Ed. 315, 63 S. Ct. 307 (1943), was properly invoked;

(2) The statutory exclusion of the "business of insurance" by the terms of the McCarran-Ferguson Act, 15 U.S.C. ยง 1012 was applicable; and

(3) There was no boycott, coercion or intimidation which would avoid the provisions of the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

We affirm the judgment of the district court on the basis that the facts of this case bring it within the scope of our holding in Travelers Insurance Co. v. Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, 481 F.2d 80 (3d Cir. 1973). Thus, we conclude that the "business of insurance" provisions of the McCarran-Ferguson Act remove Blue Cross' conduct here from coverage of the Sherman Act. We agree also with the district court's conclusion that there was no boycott, coercion or intimidation which would affect the applicability of the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

We do not reach the state action issue and intimate no view on whether the holding of Parker v. Brown, supra, governs disposition of this case.

The judgment of the district court will be affirmed.

Disposition

The judgment of the district court will be affirmed.


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