On May 5, 2017, Anthem confirmed that it will seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the district court’s decision blocking its bid to acquire Cigna. The acquisition first was announced in July 2015 and was approved by shareholders of both companies in December 2015. The DOJ moved to block the merger, and the case was tried in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over a seven-week period in fall 2016. On Feb. 8, 2017, District Judge Amy Berman Jackson found for the government, blocking the merger. Anthem appealed the decision to the D.C. Circuit, which upheld the district court’s order, in a 2-1 decision issued Feb. 28, 2017.