Stephen King goes to bat for U.S. gov’t in case against book publishing mega-merger

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By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will ask a federal judge on Monday to block a $2.2 billion merger of two of the “Big Five” book publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, in a trial that is expected to feature testimony from horror writer Stephen King. Also on Monday, in the same federal courthouse in Washington, the Justice Department will argue before a different judge that UnitedHealth Group’s $8 billion deal to buy Change Healthcare should be stopped. In the publisher merger trial, the government has focused not on what consumers pay for books …

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