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Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society

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Citations  457 U.S. 332 (more)
End date  1982
Full case name  Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society
Prior history  Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Majority  Stevens, joined by Brennan, White, Marshall
Dissent  Powell, joined by Burger, Rehnquist
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Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, 457 U.S. 332 (1982), is a case by the United States Supreme Court involving antitrust law.

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Facts

Maricopa County Medical Society, by agreement of their member doctors, established the maximum fees the doctors may claim in full payment for health services provided to policyholders of specified insurance plans. Arizona filed a complaint against MCMS in Federal District Court, alleging that they were engaged in an illegal price-fixing conspiracy in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Judgment

In a 4–3 decision, the court held that the maximum fee agreements, as price-fixing agreements, are per se unlawful under § 1 of the Sherman Act.

Significance

In Maricopa, the Burger court deviated from the antitrust methodology based on the writings of Chicago School scholars Robert Bork and Richard Posner. In doing so, the court made "antitrust analysis once again confused and haphazard".

References

Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society Wikipedia


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