Anthem Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Cigna Block

Updated at 11:35am EST – An attorney for Anthem told a federal appeals panel this morning that the lower court failed to properly count the efficiencies Anthem’s merger with Cigna will create when the court issuedfeatured

Ruling Boxes Alere’s Arriva Unit Into Corner

Attorneys for Arriva Medical agreed in court this morning they have few options to revive the Alere subsidiary’s chances of getting its Medicare payment privileges restored before Alere faces off next month with Abbott Labs over the two companies’ disputed merger.featured

Valspar/Sherwin-Williams Still Need Divestiture Buyer

The divestiture at the center of Sherwin-Williams’ negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission over a consent decree that would allow the company to proceed with its acquisition offeatured

Bayer Set to Notify EC for Monsanto Merger in Mid April

Bayer expects to notify the European Commission in the second or third week of April, for its acquisition of Monsanto, a source close to Bayer told CTFN. Originally, Bayer wanted to notify the Monsanto dealfeatured

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Datapipe Said to Have Launched Sale Process

Datapipe, a privately held hosted managed services company in Jersey City, New Jersey, launched its sale, said two sector bankers. The first banker said he heard Barclays was advising Datapipe in an early stage process that started in January. “Teasers are out,” he said.featured

Maine Regulators to Start Proceedings for FairPoint/Consolidated Merger

It’s still early in the process, but Maine’s chief consumer agency for utility customers still wants to know how Illinois-based Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. plans to operate rural telephone services in Maine should it win regulatory approval for its merger with FairPoint Communications.featured

Rite Aid/Walgreens Review Stalls Pending Next Move from Companies

A former division head within the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition told CTFN that Walgreens and the FTC are not having constructive discussions, and that the matterfeatured

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Kroton and Estácio Negotiate Remedies with CADE Tribunal

Brazil’s largest private education player Kroton Educacional and smaller rival Estácio Participações are proposing remedies aimed at easing concerns raised by CADE’s General Superintendencefeatured

NXP/Qualcomm Antitrust Delays Related to History of Complaints

With additional reporting by Sarah Cohen and Valeria Camerino – Qualcomm’s history of antitrust complaints in multiple jurisdictions is thought to be a factor in the length of time regulatoryfeatured

Court Order Could Tip Delaware Case in Abbott’s Favor

Last Friday’s ruling by a federal court in Washington, D.C., against Alere’s Arriva Medical subsidiary could help persuade the Delaware Chancery Court to allow Abbott Laboratoriesfeatured

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