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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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Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Claims Related to Ambiguous Regulation

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August 19, 2016

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment with respect to FCA claims asserted against an anesthesia practice based on the theory that the practice's physicians billed Medicare for anesthesia services without being present in the operating room during the patients' "emergence" from anesthesia. In U.S. ex rel. Donegan v. Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City, PC, the Eight Circuit concluded that the relator failed to establish that the practice acted with the requisite knowledge because the practice's interpretation of the billing regulation at issue was "objectively reasonable."

The relator alleged that the practice improperly billed the government at the "medical direction" level of billing for anesthesia services. Medical direction billing requires that an anesthesiologist satisfy seven different steps, including participating in "the most demanding aspects of anesthesia pain including, if applicable, induction and emergence." The relator alleged that the practice failed to satisfy that step because its anesthesiologists were almost never present during "emergence" since they typically did not see the patient after surgery until the patient was delivered to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for recovery.  Under even the broadest definition, the relator argued that "emergence" ends when the patient is turned over to the PACU staff.

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