- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled in favor of Sioux Falls officials in a lawsuit challenging the city’s process to award a contract for a local ambulance service.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange has dismissed the antitrust suit filed by provider Med-Star Paramedic Ambulance. The company unsuccessfully bid to become the city’s new ambulance service provider.

Sioux Falls council members in November granted a contract for the service to Texas-based provider Paramedics Plus. Med-Star’s federal lawsuit claimed unfair competition.

Lange dismissed the antitrust lawsuit with prejudice, meaning the same case can’t be brought before the court again.

Lange’s ruling follows a circuit judge’s decision to dismiss another lawsuit filed by Med-Star against the city.

Med-Star representatives couldn’t immediately be reached.

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