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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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Greg Parker Provides Insight on Impact of Supreme Court's Ruling for Copyright Litigants


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June 17, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Greg Parker provided insights for an article outlining the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, in which the court provided clarification on when judges should award attorneys' fees to successful copyright litigants, finding that a heavy emphasis should be placed on whether the case is "objectively unreasonable." As Greg points out in the article, 

The Supreme Court's decision in Kirtsaeng adopts an 'objective-reasonableness approach' to Section 505 of the Copyright Act and resolves disagreement in the lower courts about how to address an application for attorneys' fees in a copyright case. Going forward, courts must give substantial weight to the reasonableness of the losing party's position. While courts must also consider a range of factors beyond the reasonableness of litigation positions, the key question is whether the losing party advanced an objectively reasonable claim or defense. The answer to that question more often than not will be outcome determinative on whether to award fees.

The full article, "Attys React To High Court's Copyright Attys' Fees Ruling," was published by Law360 on June 17, 2016, and is available online.

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