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Aetna Considering All Options After Merger Rejection

Aetna Considering All Options After Merger Rejection

Aetna Inc., stung by a federal judge's rejection of a key acquisition, said Tuesday it will consider "all available options," though it faces daunting odds overturning the ruling and may now have to seek new ways to stoke growth.

CEO Mark Bertolini staked a lot on Aetna's proposed $37 billion purchase of Humana Inc., insisting in August, "We're going to get the deal done."

But U.S. District Judge John Bates shut it down Monday. In a 158-page decision, he said the proposed purchase would weaken competition and harm consumers in counties where the two insurance giants compete. He sided with the Obama administration, which last summer challenged the...

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