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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 Global Retailer in Discrimination and Harassment Case

Obtained summary judgment for global retailer and distributor of automotive and replacement parts and accessories in an employment discrimination cased filed by a former supervisor employed in Massachusetts who claimed he was the victim of discrimination and harassment based upon his perceived sexual orientation in violation of Title VII and Massachusetts law. The U.S. District Court Judge dismissed all counts, finding that because the alleged conduct only occurred on one occasion it was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to affect the terms and conditions of his employment. Further, other employees testified that the Plaintiff himself often participated in and even encouraged gender-normative jokes, which the Court determined weighed against his claims that he or a reasonable person in his shoes would have found the conduct to be hostile or offensive.

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