BOISE -- An anticipated lawsuit against St. Luke's from the Attorney General's Office and Federal Trade Commission has now been filed and unsealed.

The 28-page complaint accuses St. Luke's of violating anti-trust laws by buying the Nampa physician's group, Saltzer Medical, and asks the deal be permanently ended.

In court documents, the government says the acquisition lessens competition in that area to a level that will drive up health care costs.

The agencies say St. Luke's purchase of Saltzer gives them a 60 percent share of that market, and because of that other health care options are less attractive to local employers.

The claims are similar to those in a lawsuit filed by Saint Alphonsus last year.

That case is currently set for a July trial.

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