CHICAGO — Three weeks after the Federal Trade Commission sued Promedica Health System, arguing it violated antitrust rules, the Ohio-based hospital chain is keeping a $249 million new-money deal on hold.

Promedica had planned to price the debt on Jan. 13, a week after the FTC filed its complaints. But the day before the sale, the issuer opted to postpone the borrowing, which now remains on the day-to-day calendar.

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