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Breaking News: Cigna ends merger with Anthem, sues for more than $14B

February 14, 2017

In a move that defies Anthem’s push to fight for their deal, Cigna has terminated its merger agreement with Anthem and filed suit against the larger insurer.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled against the two insurers’ planned merger, saying it would violate antitrust law by lessening competition in the national accounts market. Anthem responded by saying it intends to appeal the ruling.

But in a statement issued Tuesday, Cigna said that given the court’s decision, it “believes that the transaction cannot and will not achieve regulatory approval and that terminating the agreement is in the best interest of Cigna’s shareholders.”

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