DOJ Compels Divestiture in UnitedHealth Merger

Law360, New York (February 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- UnitedHealth Group Incorporated proceeded Monday with its purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc. after agreeing to divest its Las Vegas area enrollees, as stipulated by the U.S. Department of Justice as an alternative to an antitrust suit.

The DOJ's Antitrust Division filed the proposed settlement alongside its antitrust suit against the initial merger. The complaint alleged that United's proposed acquisition of Sierra, the largest health care insurer in Nevada, would have violated the Tunney Act's antitrust laws.

The DOJ moved to block the March 11, 2007,...
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