Articles by Diane Bartz

Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger Bid

A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked health insurer Anthem Inc’s bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower court’s decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare. The …

Federal Judge Halts Anthem-Cigna Merger as Harmful to Competition

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc.’s proposed $54 billion merger with smaller rival Cigna Corp., derailing an unprecedented effort to consolidate the country’s health insurance industry. The U.S. Justice Department sued in July to …

In Anthem-Cigna Merger Trial, Fortune 500 Said Not at Risk

Anthem Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department dug in their heels on Monday in court over whether the lower prices the health insurer expects to negotiate after buying smaller rival Cigna Corp. are an efficiency that benefits customers or an …

Judge May Split Anthem-Cigna Merger Trial into Two Parts

The judge who will rule on whether the government may stop health insurer Anthem from buying competitor Cigna said Friday that she was considering splitting the trial into phases. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the …

Judge: No Ruling on Anthem-Cigna Merger Until 2017

The judge overseeing the U.S. Justice Department’s bid to stop health insurer Anthem from merging with competitor Cigna said on Friday her goal was to have a ruling by the end of January, later than the Dec. 30 date sought …

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 …