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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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GovCon Trade Blog: GAO Proposes Significant Changes to its Bid Protest Process

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May 2, 2016

Bid protests are a ubiquitous part of government contracting, basically considered part of the normal procurement process. While bid protests can be filed at either the procuring agency level or at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the majority of bid protests are filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Recently, on April 15, 2016, GAO released a proposed rule that will make several significant changes to their bid protest process. These proposed changes clarify some elements of the process, while at the same time raise several questions about how these new rules will affect protesters moving forward.

The primary change proposed by GAO is for the creation of an electronic filing system for the filing and administering of GAO bid protests. Currently, GAO bid protests are conducted almost exclusively via email. GAO has a dedicated email address that protesters and other parties to a protest use for filings. The proposed rule will establish the Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS), which will be the sole means for filing a bid protest with GAO (except for protests containing classified material). Whereas the current system does not have any filing costs, GAO anticipates a filing fee in the amount of $350 for any protest filed through EPDS.

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