‘Busy’ judge can’t take Aon-WTW antitrust suit until November

Proposed dates are dependent on his availability

‘Busy’ judge can’t take Aon-WTW antitrust suit until November

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

US District Judge Reggie Walton, who is also hearing Capitol riot cases, won’t be available to take on the United States of America v. Aon Plc et al antitrust suit until the last couple of months of 2021.

Walton has proposed November 18 as the start of the trial, to be followed by a second hearing in the week leading up to Christmas. The dates, however, aren’t final and mostly depend on the judge’s availability.

A sooner schedule, according to Walton, would not be realistic. His offered dates are the earliest, and were put forward after Aon and Willis Towers Watson (WTW) opposed the US Department of Justice’s preferred 2022 commencement.

It was in March last year when the Aon-WTW all-stock transaction was announced. The pending mega-merger is facing regulatory scrutiny in multiple jurisdictions, including in Singapore where the country’s competition watchdog recently identified areas for further review.    

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