Loss in UnitedHealth/Change Trial May Not Lower DOJ’s Deal-Blocking Appetite

  • Sep 30, 2022

    Recently, UnitedHealth Group and Change Healthcare Inc. received welcome news when a federal judge ruled that their $13 billion deal could proceed despite the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s contention that it would illegally stifle competition. While it isn’t yet clear whether the DOJ will appeal the ruling, experts say the case itself offers important lessons for the health care industry and other firms mulling similar transactions. 

    “It was enlightening when looking at information concerns that increasingly will be the subject of antitrust challenges,” antitrust attorney David Balto tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT. “But the first time you step in the water with a somewhat novel theory, it’s going to be hard. So I think they established some good groundwork for future antitrust challenges.” 

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  • Leslie Small

    Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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