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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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Senate Approves Legislation to Encourage Disclosure of Online Threats Despite Opposition

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October 28, 2015

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) (S. 754) by a 74-21 vote. This legislation is intended to prevent cyberattacks by encouraging companies to share information related to cyber threats with other companies as well as the federal government. As discussed in a previous update, the U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation in April. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House now will work in conference in the coming weeks to consolidate the bills before presenting to President Obama for his signature.

Though the White House and supporters such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Bankers Association favor this legislation, several high-tech firms, industry trade groups and privacy advocates have cautioned against the bill. Most notably, high-profile tech companies such as Apple, Dropbox, Twitter, Reddit and Yelp believe the bill will allow the federal government to conduct surveillance on their users' private information. Though CISA co-sponsors Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have said that the bill includes provisions to protect customer data, opponents of CISA believe it is fundamentally flawed and offers little benefits, if any. It is unclear how Congress will reconcile these pending measures, though privacy advocates hope for stronger limitations on the usage of information by the federal government.

Bass, Berry & Sims will continue to monitor and provide updates as we track cybersecurity legislation. If you have questions regarding the potential effects of this legislation, or any other cybersecurity concerns related to your organization, please contact an attorney on our Data Security & Privacy Team.


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