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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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Dismissal of Patent Infringement Case Against Pharmaceutical Company

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We successfully moved to dismiss a patent infringement case alleging that our client's marketing and sale of a highly successful cancer treatment drug infringed a patent related to "Methods for Preventing Multidrug Resistance in Cancer Cells." Notably, the asserted patent expired nearly two years before the litigation was commenced, so the plaintiff only sought past damages for the alleged infringement. Our team moved to dismiss the complaint after identifying a gap in the assignment history of the asserted patent recorded with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). According to the USPTO records, the plaintiff, and inventors of the asserted patent, assigned their interests in the patent to the board of trustees of the University of Illinois in 1995. Shortly before filing the lawsuit in 2014, the plaintiff recorded a subsequent assignment of their interest in the asserted patent to themselves. Judge Trauger found that the plaintiff lacked standing to sue for past infringement of the expired patent and dismissed the case.

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