Articles by Diane Bartz

Justice Department Has ‘Significant Concerns’ with Aetna-Humana Marriage

The U.S. Department of Justice has significant concerns about Aetna Inc’s proposed acquisition of health insurer Humana Inc., a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday, sending shares of Humana down as much as 11 percent. Aetna’s purchase of …

Democratic Senators Oppose Health Insurer Mergers

Seven Democratic senators urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to block two mergers of major health insurance companies, saying that the proposed deals would mean higher premiums and lower-quality healthcare for consumers. The department is reviewing Aetna Inc.’s $33 …

15 State AGs Join Federal Antitrust Probe of Giant Health Insurers’ Mergers: Reuters

About 15 state attorneys general have joined the Justice Department’s probe of two big insurance mergers, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing the scrutiny on proposed deals that would reduce the number of nationwide health insurers to three …

House Committeee Approves Patent Reform Measure

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday approved a draft bill aimed at reining in companies that seek licensing fees for invalid patents or are otherwise dishonest in writing what are known as “demand letters.” The Energy and Commerce …

Congress Looking to Modernize Recorded Music Copyright Laws

The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and …

‘Patent Troll’ Issue Reaches Supreme Court

A dispute between two fitness equipment makers landed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving justices a chance to consider how to deal with so-called patent trolls, companies that acquire patents to sue for infringement or extract licensing fees. …

U.S. Patent Office Moves to Curb Patent Litigation

The White House announced steps on Thursday designed to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits by trying to make it easier to identify who owns patents and by updating review processes to ensure that fewer weak patents are granted. Major technology companies …

Supreme Court to Hear Drugmakers’ ‘Pay for Delay’ of Generic Products Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday over whether big drug companies can settle patent litigation with generic rivals by making deals to keep cheaper products off the market. U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers, …

Senators Renew Push for Cybersecurity Law

Leading U.S. senators introduced a cybersecurity bill on Tuesday aimed at safeguarding the nation’s water and power systems, which experts have warned often only have the most rudimentary protections against hackers. Senators John Rockefeller and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats; Susan …

Supreme Court to Hear Personal Medicine Patent Dispute

The Supreme Court hears arguments on Wednesday over whether Prometheus Laboratories may patent instructions for observing changes in a patient’s body to set drug dosages in a decision that could affect the future of “personal medicine.” The case focuses on …