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...WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday sharply questioned the Justice Department’s decision to green-light CVS Health Corp.’s nearly $70 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc. , and said he may order CVS to halt its integration of Aetna’s assets while he considers the merger’s implications.

It is highly unusual for a judge to make such an announcement, since Justice Department antitrust enforcers had approved the deal in October under the condition the companies sell Aetna’s Medicare drug business to preserve competition. The companies sold those assets to WellCare Health Plans Inc.

When the Justice Department identifies concerns with a merger — and reaches an agreement with the merging companies to address them — a federal law called the Tunney Act requires the government to file the proposed settlement for approval by a federal court, which determines whether the deal is in the public interest.

Such settlements are almost universally approved, often without a judge calling a hearing. But U.S. District Judge Richard Leon — who was a central figure in AT&T Inc.’s merger with Time Warner Inc. — made clear he would play an active role.

He said at a terse hearing Monday — in which he sought no input from either the Justice Department or the companies — that he was concerned that the department hadn’t adequately addressed the potential competitive harms raised by the merger.

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