Image of building facade of UnitedHealthCare The government’s case is the latest move by antitrust enforcers to challenge corporate dealmaking and the first significant federal challenge to UnitedHealth’s acquisition-fueled growth. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –The U.S. Justice Department sued to block UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s proposed $7.8 billion purchase of Change Healthcare Inc., arguing that the combination could limit competition among businesses that move money through the health care system.

The department filed a complaint against the takeover in federal court in Washington Thursday, arguing that the purchase would give UnitedHealth access to vast amounts of competitively sensitive data about rivals.

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