The US Federal Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issues a decision in the healthcare sector clarifying the bounds of lawful information exchanges in pre-merger due diligence (Omnicare / UnitedHealth)

Federal Appeals Court Clarifies the Bounds of Lawful Information Exchanges in Pre-Merger Due Diligence* Information sharing between merging parties is a crucial part of pre-merger due diligence, yet courts have rarely weighed in to clarify when, if ever, such information exchanges run afoul of the antitrust laws. On January 10, 2011, a federal appeals court spoke for the first time on the topic. In Omnicare, Inc. v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., No. 09-1152, a three-judge panel on the Seventh Circuit found that two merging health insurance companies had not violated antitrust and consumer-protection laws by sharing “generalized and averaged high-level pricing data” before consummation of the merger. The dispute arose out of

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George Paul, The US Federal Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issues a decision in the healthcare sector clarifying the bounds of lawful information exchanges in pre-merger due diligence (Omnicare / UnitedHealth), 10 janvier 2011, e-Competitions January 2011, Art. N° 35888

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