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  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- Mondelez International Inc said it was in talks with multiple parties for the sale of French coffee brand Carte Noire to address European antitrust concerns as it closed a deal with D.E Master Blenders to create the world's biggest standalone coffee company. The European Commission approved the Jacobs Douwe Egberts joint venture in May on a condition...

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened on Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world's busiest foreign exchange markets. In a statement, Cade said the banks colluded to influence benchmark currency rates in Brazil by aligning positions and pushing...

  • GE meets EU regulators over Alstom power unit deal Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 2- General Electric met EU antitrust regulators on Thursday, hoping they will take a softer line on its 12.4- billion-euro bid for Alstom's energy unit. It has said it would be willing to give up some intellectual property rights related to some of Alstom's assets but not anything that would affect lucrative service revenue streams.

  • July 1- U.S. Justice Department antitrust lawyers have opposed Electrolux AB's plan to buy General Electric Co's household appliance business, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters. The deal would double Electrolux's U.S. sales, putting it on a par with larger rival Whirlpool Corp. "Electrolux and GE continue to work actively with the...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York as part of an expansion plan in...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL, a company with presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York, to expand in the United...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday said Apple Inc orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a victory for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly in...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday said Apple Inc orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase e-book prices. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly in imposing an injunction to prevent a...

  • BRUSSELS, June 29- Google Inc has been given until mid-August to head off EU charges of abusing its market power in a dozen EU countries and stave off a possible billion-euro fine. The European Commission in April accused Google of distorting search results to favour its shopping service, hurting both rivals and consumers. The EU enforcer said Google's...

  • BRUSSELS, June 27- General Electric will seek to convince doubtful EU antitrust regulators of the merits of its 12.4 billion euro bid for Alstom's power unit at a hearing, the U.S. conglomerate said on Saturday. The move came after the European Commission warned the company earlier this month that the deal, its biggest ever and a key element of its expansion into...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Sysco Corp's $3.5 billion merger with US Foods should be stopped for further review, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday, handing a major victory to the U.S. government, which had filed an antitrust lawsuit aimed at blocking the controversial merger. Sysco Chief Executive Officer Bill DeLaney said the company was "profoundly disappointed"...

  • BRUSSELS, June 23- Getty Images has become the latest company to take its grievances with Google to EU antitrust regulators as it accused the world's most popular Internet search engine of favouring its own images service at the expense of rivals. The complaint comes as the European Commission waits for Google to respond to charges of abusing its market power...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Besides the possible Anthem deal, Humana Inc is considering a sale, possibly to Cigna or Aetna Inc, a source...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, disclosed on Saturday that it had offered to buy...

  • SWEDISH SEES NO SUBSTANTITIVE ANTI-TRUST ISSUES THAT WOULD PREVENT COMPLETING A CIGNA DEAL.

  • LONDON, June 22- GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to sell two meningitis vaccines to Pfizer to satisfy antitrust concerns after its recent acquisition of vaccines business of Novartis. The British drugmaker said on Monday that the total consideration for the sale of its Nimenrix and Mencevax products to Pfizer's Irish unit, including some deferred payments, was...

  • Cigna rejects Anthem's latest offer Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 7:08 AM ET
    Cigna rejects Anthem's latest offer

    CNBC's Bertha Combs reports the details of Cigna's rebuff of Anthem's bid.