Type of Matter
|D9283||9/26/97||Horizontal Merger||Inpatient Hospital Services|
|D9270||3/14/97||Horizontal Restraints||Language Interpretation and Translation|
Blodgett Memorial Medical Center; Butterworth Health Corporation
The Commission ended its administrative challenge of the proposed merger of Butterworth and Blodgett, two acute-care inpatient hospitals in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area, with a final order concluding that further litigation in the case was not in the public interest. The administrative complaint (see page 48) was dismissed under a 1995 policy statement in which the Commission determines on a case-by-case basis whether to pursue administrative litigation in merger cases, after a federal district court declined to bar the companies from merging pending the outcome of an administrative trial. The hospitals merged in 1997.
International Association of ConferenceInterpreters
The Commission's decision and order prohibits the International Association of Conference Interpreters and its U.S. affiliate members from entering into agreements that fix or suggest fees for the provision of interpretation, translation, or language services performed within the United States. The final order requires the Association to amend its rules and bylaws to conform to the Commission's order and further requires the elimination of Association rules regarding, among other things, fees, travel expenses, pro bono work, and commissions.