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Mark Jacobson Quoted In Argus Leader Article Regarding Chiropractic Associates of South Dakota Matter

04.10.13

Antitrust Partner Mark Jacobson was quoted in the April 10 Sioux Falls Argus Leader article 'State lawmaker's company barred in price-negotiating'.

Excerpt

“CASD in most ways can do everything it could do before,” Jacobson said of the agreement. “What it can’t do is negotiate actual reimbursement rates for doctors.”

Chiropractors now will have to either negotiate contracts directly with insurance companies or through a third-party “messenger” that transmit contracts but does not negotiate on behalf of chiropractors.

“It made more sense to put this behind us than to continue to spend time and effort battling the federal government,” Jacobson said.

The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division filed papers in federal court in South Dakota concerning a settlement reached between the DOJ and L&V client Chiropractic Associates Ltd. of South Dakota (CASD). The settlement, which must be approved by the court after a public comment period, will end a 20-month investigation and accomplish the client's primary goal of avoiding legal action against individual officers and employees. The Lindquist & Vennum team was led by Jacobson with assistance from Kelly Laudon. Dan Fritz provided local representation in South Dakota. CASD's network includes about 80% of the chiropractors in South Dakota, with additional affiliated chiropractors in Minnesota and North Dakota.

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