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The merger agreement included several covenants that required both companies to put forth efforts to meet agreement conditions and avoid legal obstacles as much as possible. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL)

Health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna will have to handle their own costs associated with a failed merger, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled Monday.

In a 311-page memorandum opinion that referred to the companies’ merger agreement and subsequent legal proceedings as “star-crossed” and a “battle for power,” Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster gave each company a partial win by ruling in their favor on certain claims, but ultimately barred either from obtaining damages from the other.

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