Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Major Health Care Systems For Conspiracy to Depress Nurse Wages

Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel with James & Hoffman, PC, and co-counsel The Furth Firm, Gustafson Gluek, PLLC, Keller Rohrback, LLP, and Levin Fishbein Sedran & Berman in five class action lawsuits against major hospitals in Albany, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and San Antonio.  These lawsuits allege that these hospitals have conspired to keep their nurses’ wages at artificially low levels.  The lawsuits were filed in 2006 in federal courts in these five cities.

The lawsuits invoke the federal antitrust laws to force the hospitals to pay their nurses compensation that is long overdue.  The conspiring hospitals have been taking extreme advantage of a vulnerable but critical component of the American healthcare system.  They have been putting their bottom line ahead of patients and the nurses who care for them.  For years, these hospitals have deliberately, secretly and systematically exchanged detailed, non-public, current information about the wages each is paying its nurses.  The purpose and effect of this information exchange has been to permit the hospitals to suppress nurse wages – depriving nurses of a fair wage and contributing to the nursing shortage in our nation.

The lawsuits are based on dozens of interviews with insiders with direct knowledge of the conspiracies.

"The hospitals in Albany, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, and San Antonio have decided to increase their profits on the backs of their nurses,” said Daniel A. Small, a partner at Cohen Milstein who is representing the plaintiffs in all five cities.  “We all know that health care costs are on the rise, but denying a fair wage to the very people with front line responsibility for patient care is not the way to contain these costs.  Nurse pay should be set by the market, not by a secret agreement among hospitals.”

Individuals with information about any of these cases may call Cohen Milstein attorneys at 202-408-4600 or toll free at 888-347-4600.

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