GE sued for allegedly 'freezing-out' ISOs in anesthesia equipment maintenance

por John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | March 25, 2019
Parts And Service

"We are proud to deliver lifesaving technologies and services to our customers," a GE spokesperson told HCB News. "While we don't comment on pending litigation, we believe our actions have been appropriate."

The nature of the lawsuit is familiar territory for GE, which was deemed guilty in 2017 by a federal court jury of monopolizing the anesthesia service market and inflating prices in the case, Red Lion Medical Safety Inc. et al v. General Electric Company. The company failed to convince the court to set aside the jury’s ruling.

The current case calls for injunctive relief and compensation for damages suffered by hospitals, clinics and other facilities over nearly a decade due to GE’s actions.

“Servicing gas anesthesia machines is an attractive business, especially since medical facilities try to use the same products and service providers over time rather than purchasing new ones," said Asciolla. "We hope that GE will make good with the institutions it hurt through its exclusionary tactics, and we will ask the court to prohibit it from pursuing such schemes in the future."

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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