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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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Privacy Perils: Social Media - When Private Doesn't Always Mean Undiscoverable


December 18, 2015

Social media has dramatically changed how we interact with each other. The digital footprint left by individuals on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube is at the forefront of today's litigation. It is standard practice today to use social media sites as evidence to research parties; establish or refute facts; determine or rebut state of mind or health; and identify, impeach or bolster the credibility of witnesses. Courts have held there is no reasonable expectation of privacy for social media accounts, since "private" is not necessarily the same as "not public." Even when you limit who can see your photos or read your status updates, that information still may be discoverable. Practically, a requesting party is more likely to convince a court the information is discoverable if at least some part of social media content is publicly available. When a social media account is not publicly available, discovery is much less likely. Keep this in mind when posting on social media websites, and ensure that you have implemented appropriate privacy settings.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.


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