Private Equity Giants Get LBO Collusion Suit Pared Down

Law360, New York (March 13, 2013, 9:07 PM ET) -- A federal judge on Wednesday limited the scope of a proposed shareholder class action alleging Bain Capital LLC, KKR & Co. LP, the Carlyle Group LP and other big-name private equity firms conspired to hold down the prices of companies they’d targeted for purchase.

U.S. District Judge Edward Harrington decided the former shareholders of the 27 acquired companies, which were bought by the private equity firms between 2003 and 2007, had sufficiently raised suspicions about whether the firms had sometimes chosen to “step down” and refrain...
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