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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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U.S. ex rel. Joseph v. Brattleboro Retreat

Client Type: Nonprofit

We represented The Brattleboro Retreat, an in-patient addiction treatment facility located in Brattleboro, Vermont, in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit, which alleged that the Retreat violated the FCA by submitting false claims for reimbursement to state and federal payers and by using internal accounting codes to mask alleged overpayments. The district court granted the Retreat's motion to dismiss, concluding that the Relator failed to satisfy the pleading requirements of Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and that certain of Relator's claims were barred under the applicable statute of limitations. See U.S. ex rel. Joseph v. Brattleboro Retreat, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110153 (D. Vt. Aug. 10, 2014).

The district court's opinion is one of the few cases from Vermont in recent history considering the pleading requirements under the FCA. At a time when district courts are grappling with the appropriate pleadings standard for FCA allegations, the district court's opinion is significant, as it strictly applied the requirements of Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in dismissing the Relator's claims.

The Brattleboro Retreat is an in-patient addiction treatment facility located in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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