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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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Victory in New York City RICO Case

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We represented one of the defendants Charles Wells, a Kentucky cigarette wholesaler, in a defense against claims brought by the City of New York under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The case involves claims by the City of New York that 32 individuals, and eight entities, violated RICO by, among other things, conspiring to conduct the affairs of an enterprise (engaged in selling cigarettes over the Internet) through a pattern of racketeering; the defendants allegedly all intended to prevent the New York City from collecting cigarette taxes. The City sought to recover in excess of $19.5 million. We were the only defendant to move for summary judgment against the City, and the court granted our motion. In granting summary judgment to Wells, the court agreed that the evidence showed that the alleged conspiracy did not exist because the alleged joint enterprise never existed, given that most defendants acted independently rather than jointly in dealing with another tobacco wholesaler named Chavez. The City has appealed to the Second Circuit, where the case remains pending.

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