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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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Trend of Using Statistical Sampling to Support FCA Liability Continues

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April 2, 2015

On March 31, 2015, in United States v. Robinson, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued the latest opinion approving the use of statistical sampling by the government and relators to establish FCA liability. In Robinson, the government has asserted that an optometrist provided medically unnecessary optometric services to nursing home residents over a five-year period and subsequently billed Medicare for these services. As support for its medical necessity argument, the government submitted an expert witness opinion based on an examination of a sample of 30 of the 25,779 claims at issue.

In moving for summary judgment, the defendant argued in part that the government should not be permitted to utilize statistical sampling to extrapolate FCA liability and damages to the 25,779 claims at issue. The government contended that requiring a claim-by-claim review in FCA cases involving this magnitude of claims would enable many defendants to evade prosecution and that other courts have found statistical sampling appropriate in establishing FCA liability in similar cases.

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