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Anthem’s general counsel told a judge yesterday that Cigna "cut us off at the knees," sabotaging the proposed merger between the two insurers, Bloomberg reports.

What they’re saying: The nearly $50 billion merger would have involved Anthem buying Cigna. But Cigna CEO David Cordani was insistent on running the new, combined company, and Cigna grew uncooperative after he was rebuffed, Anthem general counsel Thomas Zielinski said in court, per Bloomberg.

  • Zielinski accused Cigna of undermining plans for combining the two companies' operations and responding to the government's antitrust concerns, including being unwilling to sell any of its assets to help get the merger approved.

The other side: Cigna has accused Anthem of using the merger to steal sensitive information and customers.

Where it stands: Anthem says it's entitled to $20 million from Cigna because of the deal's collapse, while Cigna says it's entitled to $16 million from Anthem. The trial to sort all this out is just getting started.

Go deeper: Health insurance is as big as Big Tech

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Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot" — The recovery needs rocket fuel.
  2. Health: CDC: It's time for "universal face mask use" — Death rates rising across the country — Study: Increased testing can reduce transmission.
  3. Economy: U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows — America's hidden depression: K-shaped recovery threatens Biden administration.
  4. Cities: Bay Area counties to enact stay-at-home order ahead of state mandate
  5. Vaccine: What vaccine trials still need to do.
  6. World: UN warns "2021 is literally going to be catastrophic"
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Former FDA chief Rob Califf on the vaccine approval process.
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Bay Area counties to enact stay-at-home order ahead of state mandate

Golden Gate Park. Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty

Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.

The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Despite the Bay Area’s current 25.3% ICU capacity, health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley are moving ahead with a shelter-in-place mandate in the hopes of reducing risk.