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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: Beware of Disabling Pop-up Blockers

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February 19, 2016

Pesky pop-up ads are an annoyance everyone who searches the internet faces at some point. To avoid these irritating and often unwanted messages, users turn to ad-blockers for help; however, a growing number of websites are forcing visitors to turn off their ad-blockers to gain access to the site's content. While you may think that doing so would be harmless on a trusted site, think twice, weigh the risks and be careful. While a site may control its own content, it doesn't necessarily control or police its advertisers' content. 

Consider an issue that arose with the Forbes website. Upon visiting Forbes' site to read its "30 Under 30" list, a security expert had to disable his ad-blocker to view the article. Given the reputation of the Forbes brand, one might not hesitate to turn off such a blocker, and this expert did just that. However, not only did doing so allow him to read the article, it also infected his computer with malware that could impair its operation, and steal private data such as banking information and passwords. 

While computer threats are an unfortunate reality, there are several ways to mitigate your risk. Security software is a users' most important defensive tool, but you must keep that software updated. Adjust your web browser's security settings to minimize unwelcome intrusions. Finally, trust your instincts and be careful what you click.

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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