The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejects an antitrust lawsuit that challenged premerger planning and information exchanges between two health insurers (Omnicare / UnitedHealth / PacifiCare)

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Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected an antitrust lawsuit by institutional pharmacy Omnicare that challenged premerger planning and information exchanges between two health insurers, UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare Health Systems. Although this decision affirmed summary judgment for the defendants, it reflects the antitrust risks for parties to a proposed merger exchanging forward-looking information during merger discussions and suggests some best practices. "Gun jumping" Competitors planning a merger that they have not yet closed must balance the need to plan for the hoped-for combination of their businesses, which typically involves exchanging internal information they otherwise would not share externally, against the antitrust rules against

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  • Jones Day (Washington DC)
  • Jones Day (Houston)

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Toby G. Singer, Bruce McDonald, The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejects an antitrust lawsuit that challenged premerger planning and information exchanges between two health insurers (Omnicare / UnitedHealth / PacifiCare), 10 janvier 2011, e-Competitions January 2011, Art. N° 45217

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