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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Defense of Food and Beverage Company in Products Liability Claims

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We represented a food and beverage company in two products liability cases alleging that the company's product was contaminated with a rare bacteria called E-sakazakii. The allegations were that while feeding with the company's product, the plaintiffs developed severe meningitis resulting in permanent brain injuries. The cases focused on the manufacturing process and quality control testing that is routinely performed to detect this bacteria in the finished product. Plaintiffs also alleged the product labeling was deficient for not adequately warning of the risk of this rare but potentially deadly infection. One case was set before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; the other before the District Court of South Carolina. Both cases were favorably resolved through mediation.

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