Appeal Of Aetna-Humana Merger Loss Would Face Long Odds

Law360, Fort Wayne (January 23, 2017, 7:25 PM EST) -- Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. are mulling an appeal of a D.C. federal judge's Monday order preliminarily enjoining their $37 billion merger, but experts said the judge's airtight opinion leaves little room to pursue such a bid and the Trump administration may not want to interfere.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said in his opinion accompanying the order that the merger would reduce competition in the market for Medicare Advantage plans, increasing premiums and reducing options for seniors. He agreed with the U.S. Department of...
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