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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

A review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. This report aims at providing corporate leaders and companies with the knowledge they need to comply with the FCPA and avoid litigation in 2017.

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Pro Bono DesignationBass, Berry and Sims provides pro bono work for multiple organizations including the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Memphis Area Legal Services, local bar associations and nonprofit groups, with a commitment to providing free legal services for low income and disadvantaged people.

Our associate attorneys receive billable hour credit for up to 50 hours per year of pro bono work. Based on the priorities established by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the recommendations of the Court's Access to Justice Commission, Bass, Berry & Sims believed it was important to create more opportunities for attorneys to work on pro bono cases. The firm encourages all attorneys to meet or exceed the expectation of the American Bar Association and Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct that lawyers spend 50 hours each year engaged in pro bono work, primarily by providing direct representation to low income people.

Bass, Berry & Sims' pro bono representation is focused on a variety of efforts, including social entrepreneurship and death penalty defense, as well as:

Landlord-tenant cases – In coordination with the Legal Aid Society, Bass, Berry & Sims takes a substantial number of referrals related specifically to landlord-tenant cases involving private landlords. Prior to Bass, Berry & Sims' landlord-tenant initiative, the Legal Aid Society could not offer pro bono services to tenants other than those in government-operated housing. As part of this initiative, our firm assists clients in defending eviction proceedings, demands for rent and damages, and retrieval of security deposits.

Uncontested adoption cases - In 2008, the firm formed an adoption initiative – BBS Cares – through which we take uncontested adoption cases referred by Legal Aid and assist prospective parents with limited financial means in the preparation, filing and completion of adoptions.

Veterans' claims - For almost 10 years, we have joined with other law firms around the country through the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) to represent military veterans who have been denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

For the past eight years, the firm has partnered with AutoZone and Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) to host the annual "Give a Little, Help a Lot" pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center. Attorneys, paralegals and volunteers from the organizations assist seniors with the preparation of advance care plans, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney forms and wills and provide other essential legal advice. Coverage from the 2016 event was included in the evening broadcast on WMC Action News 5, Memphis' NBC affiliate. To read the story and watch the segment, click here.

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