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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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D.C. Circuit Reverses District Court Dismissal of Qui Tam Lawsuit

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June 28, 2015

The D.C. Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of a serial relator's qui tam lawsuit under the FCA's first-to-file bar in U.S. ex rel. Heath v. AT&T, Inc., finding that the relator's two qui tam lawsuits targeted factually distinct types of frauds. The D.C. Circuit further determined that the relator's qui tam lawsuit satisfied the pleading requirements of Rule 9(b).

The FCA's first-to-file bar provides that once a qui tam action has been filed, "no person other than the Government may intervene or bring a related action based on the facts underlying the pending action." As an initial matter, the D.C. Circuit determined that the first-to-file rule was not jurisdictional in nature; but rather, implicated only whether a qui tam plaintiff properly stated a claim. The D.C. Circuit then determined that the relator's second qui tam lawsuit, which alleged that AT&T and 19 of its subsidiaries deprived schools and libraries of the lowest corresponding price for phone and internet services, was sufficiently different from the relator's first qui tam lawsuit in terms of its scope and how the fraud scheme allegedly was carried out to avoid dismissal under the first-to-file rule.

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