Amy Berman Jackson agreed with a retired judge who said that in-house letters could cast the Anthem-Cigna deal in a new light. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/National Law Journal)

Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. must disclose to federal antitrust enforcers letters from in-house lawyers in which the insurance companies accuse each other of breaking their $54 billion merger deal, a Washington judge ruled.

The judge, Amy Berman Jackson, agreed with the findings of the retired judge who’s overseeing discovery disputes in the government’s blockbuster antitrust suit, filed in July. Lawyers for Anthem, which is based in Indianapolis, and Cigna, which is based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, had resisted revealing those in-house letters to the U.S. Justice Department.

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