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Judge signals broad CVS-Aetna antitrust concerns
Modern Healthcare

A federal judge who has refused for months to sign off on the $69 billion CVS-Aetna merger reiterated on Tuesday that he wants to look at any potential harm that the deal might cause for the public.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., kicked off a three-day hearing as he considers whether to sign off on the U.S. Justice Department’s approval of the merger. The judge must finally authorize the government’s decision under the Tunney Act, but it isn’t clear whether he can actually stop the CVS-Aetna deal as the two companies are largely operating as one.

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