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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: Android Users Beware

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February 26, 2016

A particularly-sinister virus, dubbed Mazar Bot, has been circulating recently, this one targeting Android mobile devices. While the typical virus attempts to infect a smartphone through an embedded link in an email or email attachment, Mazar Bot appears as an SMS (text) message. The text informs the recipient she has a multimedia message, accessible through the provided link. Clicking text links to access transmitted photographs, for instance, is common place. Persons who would never consider clicking on an unknown email link don't think twice about following a text message link. Mazar Bot is especially insidious because it can obtain administrative rights to a user's phone, enabling it to delete all phone data, or worse, intercept all SMS messages, including codes sent as part of multifactor authentication.

As with is true against other malware threats, vigilance is the best defense. Exercise care before clicking on any link from any unknown source in any electronic communication. You should also turn off the phone's ability to automatically download multimedia messages. More information on Mazar Bot, and steps you can take to protect yourself, is readily available on the web, including these sites:

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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