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The judge has spoken: Anthem, Cigna required to disclose accusatory emails — 5 thoughts

Anthem and Cigna were ordered on Oct. 14 to release emails between the two companies accusing each other of breaching the potential merger agreement, the Hartford Courant reports.

1. Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed with the federal mediator that the emails were not privileged communication and should be public.

2. The insurers are required to release 12 whole documents and emails, and 13 excerpts from other communications.

3. Anthem's counsel argued the documents were irrelevant to how the company will "work to achieve savings" after the merger.

4. If the merger is approved, Cigna CEO David Cordani would serve as president and COO of the combined company. Federal Mediator Richard Levie argued if Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish and Mr. Cordani had "hostility" between each other, it would affect how they would work together.

5. The federal government asked for 40 documents to be released, but Ms. Berman Jackson did not allow the total request. The denied documents contained the joint strategy about the merger, not about "who was living up to the terms of the agreement."

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