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NorthShore, Advocate drop merger plan : Health care systems back away from deal after judge grants injunction to halt it

Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem are walking away from plans to merge after a federal judge's ruling Tuesday against the deal.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso on Tuesday granted the Federal Trade Commission and state of Illinois' request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily stop the merger -- a decision that capped more than a year of court battles.

After the decision, NorthShore CEO Mark Neaman wrote to employees that the system would not move forw

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