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updated: 8/1/2012 5:45 PM

Emanuel asked Minnesota AG to resolve lawsuit privately

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  • Before Minnesota officials announced a settlement with Chicago medical revenue company Accretive Health, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, above, sent a letter to the Minnesota attorney general asking to "resolve the matter privately."

      Before Minnesota officials announced a settlement with Chicago medical revenue company Accretive Health, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, above, sent a letter to the Minnesota attorney general asking to "resolve the matter privately."
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A newspaper reports that before Minnesota officials announced they'd settled a lawsuit against a Chicago medical revenue company, Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Minnesota attorney general to "resolve the matter privately."

The Chicago Tribune reports that in his letter to Attorney General Lori Swanson, Emanuel reminded his fellow Democrat of his status in the party.

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But Swanson instead outlined for a federal judge allegations of what she said were questionable ways that Accretive Health was pressuring hospital patients to pay their bills.

Under the terms of this week's settlement, the company can't do business in Minnesota for six years and must pay $2.5 million in penalties. Accretive didn't admit any wrongdoing.

Emanuel's office says the mayor was only trying to be sure the Chicago company was treated fairly.

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