In an antitrust case involving private physicians’ fees, the U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with the Tallahassee, Fla.-based Federation of Physicians and Dentists and one of its employees, Lynda Odenkirk.

The suit was filed in June 2005 in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati against the federation, Odenkir and three physicians. It alleged that the defendants’ actions forced Cincinnati-area health insurers to raise fees paid to the obstetricians-gynecologists who were members of the federation, which is akin to a labor union.

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