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Judge’s Denial of Anthem Injunction Effectively Kills Cigna Merger

A judge effectively killed off any practical chance of Anthem Inc merging with Cigna Corp on Thursday as he declined to order Cigna not to terminate the deal. Judge Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery denied Anthem’s request for …

Court Battles Begin as U.S., States Sue to Halt Anthem, Aetna Mergers

U.S. antitrust enforcers roundly rejected a pair of proposed deals that would consolidate the nation’s five biggest health insurers into just three. The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit to stop Anthem Inc.’s merger with Cigna Corp. in federal court …

Insurer Competition Vital for Healthcare Consumers: U.S. Health Official

The Obama administration’s top health official highlighted the importance of competition to insurance markets, as the Justice Department is poised to decide on two massive deals among four of the health-plan industry’s biggest players. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia …

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 …

Health Insurers Next on Justice Department’s Antitrust Agenda

Bill Baer was the ultimate Washington antitrust insider when he came to the Justice Department in 2013: At law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, he’d counseled the biggest U.S. companies, including deal machine General Electric Co., on getting mergers over …