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Anthem-Cigna Merger Goes to Judge for Ruling That Could End Deal

  • First phase of U.S. antitrust trial ends in Washington
  • $48 billion combination raises questions of employer costs

The first phase of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit to halt Anthem Inc.’s planned takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp. is in the hands of a federal judge after the government wrapped up its arguments Tuesday that the deal would harm competition in the national insurance market.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington will issue her decision on whether the combination of the companies risks higher costs for large employers around the country and should be blocked. She didn’t say when she would rule.