Judge rejects antitrust challenge against UnitedHealth acquisition

Judge rejects antitrust challenge against UnitedHealth acquisition

WASHINGTON—A federal judge ruled Monday against a Justice Department antitrust challenge to UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s $13 billion acquisition of health technology firm Change Healthcare Inc., rejecting the government’s claims that the agreement would illegally suppress competition and limit innovation in the health insurance markets.

US District Judge Carl Nichols ruled in favor of the companies in an opinion he kept secret for now because he said it “may contain competitively sensitive information.” The judge said he would publish a redacted public version of the ruling in the coming days. In a one-page public order, he denied the Justice Department’s request to stop the companies from completing the deal.

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