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Judge grants Coakley’s request for delay in Partners antitrust settlement

Criticism of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s antitrust pact with the state’s largest health care system mounted Thursday as a watchdog panel warned a judge the proposed deal might not meet its goal of holding down medical expenses.

But Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, signaled she was prepared to toughen the terms of her settlement with Partners HealthCare System. To allow more time to supplement the agreement with findings by the state Health Policy Commission that Partners’ takeover of Hallmark Health could drive up costs, Coakley sought to have a scheduled Aug. 5 hearing on the deal postponed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders agreed and set it for Sept. 29.

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