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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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Terry Clark Comments on Supreme Court's Patent Damages Ruling


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June 14, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Terry Clark commented on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics Inc., in which the court rejected the Federal Circuit's test for awarding enhanced damages in patent cases, finding that the parameters for patent owners is not justified under the Patent Act. Terry provided the following insights in the article:

For the first time in a while, this decision arguably enhances the value of U.S. patents by removing the rigid test to prove and sustain enhanced damages for egregious infringing conduct. The artificial constraints on a district court's discretion from Seagate are gone. All of this now makes enhanced damages a more powerful weapon for all patent owners, including non-practicing entities. The practical issue is predicting where the line will ultimately fall between typical infringement and egregious cases, as well as what an accused infringer should do — or must do — to be on the safe side of that line.

The full article, "Attorneys React To High Court's Patent Damages Ruling," was published by Law360 on June 13, 2016, and is available online.

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