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Lawsuit targets HCA's hospital monopoly in Western North Carolina

September 1, 2021 - The same North Carolina law firm that successfully took on Smithfield Foods' hog farm pollution is now representing a group of plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Tennessee-based hospital company HCA, owner of Asheville's Mission Health System. The suit — which claims the company has monopolized the regional health care market in a way that's hurting patients and caregivers — comes amid heightened scrutiny of health care monopolies.

Dollar stores: Business success and economic failure

September 17, 2014 - Dollar Tree of Virginia and Dollar General of Tennessee are battling to take over North Carolina-based Family Dollar -- but the takeover fight isn't the most interesting part of this story, which also involves sleeping anti-trust watchdogs, wage theft and other exploitative labor practices, and a business model that profits from economic desperation.