Feb 14, 2017

Cigna sues Anthem to stop merger

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Cigna is suing Anthem to halt its merger, and it's demanding Anthem pay the $1.85 billion termination fee as well as $13 billion in damages that include "the amount of premium that Cigna shareholders did not realize as a result of the failed merger process."

A federal judge ruled last week that the Anthem-Cigna transaction was anticompetitive, particularly for people who get their health insurance through big national employers, and Anthem had intended to file an appeal. Now, Anthem will have to fight its own merger partner in court. Anthem said Cigna does "not have a right" to kill the deal.

This break-up is a lot less amicable than the deal between Aetna and Humana. Those two insurers mutually terminated their merger earlier today.

Why this matters: Anthem and Cigna have disliked each other from the start, when Cigna CEO David Cordani demanded he become the top executive of the combined company but got no such assurances. The legal teams on both sides also had multiple quibbles. It's only going to get messier and add more legal costs to the growing tab associated with the health insurance mega-mergers. And it's all coming at a time when Congress is trying to dismantle Obamacare, which would disrupt both companies.

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World coronavirus updates: Total cases surge to over 700,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now than more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 32,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Saturday he would issue a "strong" travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 704,095 — Total deaths: 33,509 — Total recoveries: 148,824.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 132,637 — Total deaths: 2,351 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "really panicked" people
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reported 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reported almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
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Cuomo: Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "really panicked people"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that President Trump's unexpected Saturday announcement of a possible "short-term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb the spread of the coronavirus "really panicked people."

Why it matters: Though Trump ruled out the mandatory quarantine later that day, Cuomo said people still called "all night long" asking about the comments and many likely fled the New York area — possibly spreading the virus further.

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