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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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Blueprint for an IPO

Companies go public to raise capital to fuel growth, pay down debt and provide liquidity to shareholders. Although all issuers and offerings are different, the basic process of going public remains relatively constant. Blueprint for an IPO identifies the key players, details the process and identifies the obligations companies will face after going public.

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D.C. Circuit Strikes Down TCPA Fax Opt-Out Requirement

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March 31, 2017

The D.C. Circuit today overturned the Federal Communications Commission's requirement that fax advertisements always include opt-out notices. In Yaakov v. FCC, the court held that the FCC lacks authority under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to regulate communications sent with the recipient's prior express invitation or permission. The TCPA expressly authorizes the FCC to issue rules regulating unsolicited fax advertisements—and requires that those faxes contain an opt-out notice—but makes no mention of solicited faxes. The D.C. Circuit thus held that the FCC's regulation exceeded the scope of the agency's authority to regulate solicited fax communications.

This decision eases the regulatory burden associated with faxes and has a significant impact on health care companies' and other industries' fax communications, where providers and manufacturers rely on faxes to comply with regulatory obligations. The Consumer Financial Services Group at Bass, Berry & Sims previously published an alert on oral argument in Yaakov v. FCC, which provides more information on the issues in this case.


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