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5th Amended Complaint - Kirk Dahl v Bain Capital Partners

5th Amended Complaint - Kirk Dahl v Bain Capital Partners

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The 5th Amended Complaint in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners was released, un-redacted, following a lawsuit by the New York Times Company. Dahl v. Bain alleges a criminal conspiracy by the largest global private equity firms to rig bids on companies during the LBO boom of the 2000s, thereby depressing share prices and cheating investors of millions.
The 5th Amended Complaint in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners was released, un-redacted, following a lawsuit by the New York Times Company. Dahl v. Bain alleges a criminal conspiracy by the largest global private equity firms to rig bids on companies during the LBO boom of the 2000s, thereby depressing share prices and cheating investors of millions.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTSKIRK DAHL, et al., Individually and on
Behalf)
of
All Others Similarly Situated, )Plaintiffs,vs.BAIN CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC, et al.,Defendants.
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Lead Case No. 1:07-cv-12388-EFHCLASS ACTIONFIFTH AMENDED CLASS ACTIONCOMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF THEFEDERAL ANTITRUST LAWSLeave to File Granted on June
14,
2012DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
FILED UNDER SEAL
Case 1:07-cv-12388-EFH Document 745 Filed 10/10/12 Page 1 of 221
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................... 1THE PARTIES ................................................................................................................................. 6Plaintiffs ............................................................................................................................... 6Defendants ........................................................................................................................... 7Co-Conspirators .................................................................................................................
12
JURISDICTION AND VENUE ....................................................................................................
14
TRADE AND COMMERCE .........................................................................................................
15
MODE OF ANALYSIS OF THE CLASS' ANTITRUST CLAIMS ............................................
15
CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS ..............................................................................................
19
DEFENDANTS' OVERARCHING CONSPIRACY .................................................................. .22Defendants Agree Not to Let History Repeat Itself.. ........................................................
.23
The Rules
of
the Game: Conspiratorial Rules and Conduct for Large LBOs ..................
25
Defendants Monitored Compliance with the Rules .......................................................... .32THE ROLE OF THE INVESTMENT BANKS ............................................................................ 34UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION ...................................... 38THE LBOS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS IN THE CONSPIRACY ................................ 40Nalco .................................................................................................................................. 40Cablecom ........................................................................................................................... 46The PanAmSat LBO .........................................................................................................
.48
The AMC LBO and Subsequent Merger with Loews
,.
.....................................................
55
The AMC Transaction ............................................................... , ...................................... 56The Loews Transaction ...................................................................................................... 59The AMC!Loews Merger .................................................................................................. 62
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Case 1:07-cv-12388-EFH Document 745 Filed 10/10/12 Page 2 of 221
 
Page
The Toys
"R"
Us, Inc.
LB0
.............................................................................................. 62
The
SunGard
LBO
............................................................................................................. 68The Neiman Marcus
LB0
.................................................................................................
75
Warner Music .................................................................................................................... 80The Texas Genco
LBO
...................................................................................................... 82Susquehanna ...................................................................................................................... 89The Education Management Corporation
LBO
.................................................................
91
The
Univision
LB0
........................................................................................................... 99The Michaels Stores
LB0
............................................................................................... 109The
HCA LBO
................................................................................................................. 116The Aramark
LBO
........................................................................................................... 124The Kinder Morgan
LB0
................................................................................................
131
The Freescale
LBO
.......................................................................................................... 139PhilipsMXP ..................................................................................................................... 146Vivendi ............................................................................................................................. 152The Harrah's
LBO
........................................................................................................... 154The Clear Channel LBO .................................................................................................. 160The Sabre Holdings
LB0
................................................................................................ 167The Biomet
LBO
.............................................................................................................. 173The TXU
LBO
................................................................................................................. 180Community Health Systems ............................................................................................ 186The Alltel
LBO
................................................................................................................ 188-ii -
Case 1:07-cv-12388-EFH Document 745 Filed 10/10/12 Page 3 of 221

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