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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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Brian Roark Comments on Medlock Identity Theft Ruling

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May 20, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brian Roark commented on the decision in United States v. Medlock in which the Sixth Circuit ruled that misrepresenting a service that was provided by using a Medicare beneficiary's name on the claim does not constitute identity theft. The case centers around Woody and Kathy Medlock, owners of a family-owned ambulance service provider, who were indicted on charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The indictment was a result of a joint federal and state investigation into fraudulent billing practices by the company to Medicare and Medicaid for transportation of dialysis patients who were not qualified to receive ambulance transportation. In the initial trial, held in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Woody Medlock was found guilty and sentenced in January 2014 to a 75-month prison sentence. The Sixth Circuit held that the Medlock's did not "use" the identifying information of the Medicare beneficiaries within the meaning of the aggravated identity theft statute merely by lying about how the beneficiaries had been transported. Brian represented Woody Medlock in the case.

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