In a victory for all allergy and asthma advocates, a San Antonio jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Allergy & Asthma Network in a federal antitrust lawsuit brought by United Allergy Services (UAS).
The decision, announced on March 26, came after UAS had sued the Network for $224 million, alleging conspiracy. The jury found the Network did not participate in conspiracy or interfere with UAS business practices, and acted solely to protect patients.
“This is a landmark case that protects the rights of patient advocacy organizations like Allergy & Asthma Network to educate patients on appropriate allergy testing and to petition the government to further serve patients’ interests,” said Bradley Chipps, MD, FACAAI, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
“We remained confident in a successful verdict throughout the four-year lawsuit,” said Tonya Winders, President and CEO of the Network. “We thank each member of the eight-person jury who supported patients’ rights to know.”