Federal judge hears arguments on lifting stay in 3-year-old lawsuit involving potential Johnson City methadone clinic

KNOXVILLE, TN (WJHL)- A federal judge in Knoxville heard arguments Thursday on why the court should resume a three-year-old federal lawsuit involving a company that tried to open a methadone clinic in Johnson City.

Last month, Tri-Cities Holdings filed a motion asking a judge to lift a stay on the lawsuit. The company sued Johnson City and the state of Tennessee after the state denied its certificate of need application in 2013.

According to federal court documents, Tri-Cities Holdings is citing several reasons why the lawsuit should resume, including the state’s recent approval of the East Tennessee State University, Mountain States Health Alliance methadone clinic. However, the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, which is listed as a defendant in the case, wants the hold to stay in place. An attorney for the HSDA cites Tri-Cities Holdings recently starting the dismissal process of its administrative appeal and saying the individual plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit will soon have access a methadone clinic.

A judge will soon make a decision on whether or not to lift the stay on the lawsuit.

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