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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: American Express - New Bait for an Old Phishing Lure

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September 30, 2016

In prior Privacy Perils, we've repeatedly warned of phishing emails seeking to obtain your confidential information that appear to come from a legitimate financial institution, but which really originate from a bad actor. According to an alert from AppRiver (summarized in an article on the site of internet security group Guru), a new, sophisticated and "well thought out" version of this scam is making the rounds. Under this variation, the typical email is received referencing supposed suspicious activity on your American Express account, and provides a link for you to enter confidential information to "ensure the safety of your account." What makes this scam particularly dangerous is that the URL link appears legitimate (containing ""), includes the presumably secure "https" designation (hypertext transfer protocol over secure socket layer), and the bogus site accurately reproduces the look of American Express' site. In fact, after you have entered your confidential information on the illegitimate site, you are then directed to the official American Express homepage.

So what's a poor user to do? First, never access your bank or similar online account through an email link – open your browser and navigate directly to the site. Second, remember that your financial institution will never solicit confidential information by email.

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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