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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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Paige Mills Outlines Modest Approach to Enforce IP Rights


May 2, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Paige Mills authored an article for InsideCounsel on the ways owners can enforce their IP rights by using a more measured approach in today's marketplace full of social media outlets. In the article, Paige references examples of brand owners that used social media campaigns to try and stop alleged IP abusers, and in the process were labeled as "bullies." Before considering this approach, Paige suggests IP owners ask themselves a series of questions before deciding to "wake the Internet." If action is warranted, Paige recommends writing a letter to the alleged brand abuser and keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. Write a letter that is well tailored to the facts of the current situation.
  2. If the other side has an arguable defense, address that defense on the front end and state clearly why it would not apply.
  3. Provide picture evidence.
  4. Do not make unreasonable demands.
  5. Do not claim that the letter is subject to copyright and that you will sue the recipient if he or she publishes the letter.
  6. Do not explicitly threaten to sue the alleged infringer.
  7. Do not give a drop-dead date for response.
  8. Follow up.

The full article, "How to Enforce Your IP Rights Without Waking the Internet," was published by on April 27, 2016, and is available online or in the PDF below.

This content is part of a series of articles focused on intellectual property issues published by and authored by Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys. Click the links below to read other articles in the series.

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