The following comes from a September 21 LA Times article by Stuart Pfeifer:

Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Incorporated is suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year.

Prime Healthcare agreed to buy the Daughters of Charity Health System last year for $843 million, but backed out of the deal in March after Harris placed several conditions on the sale.

Harris said she would approve the sale only if Prime Healthcare would keep all of the hospitals open for 10 years and provide the same level of charity care to poor patients as Daughters of Charity had. The six hospitals include St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County.

Prime Healthcare said in the lawsuit that Harris was not impartial in her review of the sale. The company accused her of siding with a politically influential labor union, the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, which opposed the sale.

In July, a private investment firm agreed to provide a $250-million cash infusion to keep the struggling hospital afloat. The firm, BlueMountain Capital Management in New York, also would oversee management of the chain, which would keep its nonprofit status. The deal is pending before the attorney general.