Three private equity firms that are leading a buyout of HCA, Nashville, were named in a shareholder class-action lawsuit accusing several buyout firms of conspiring to fix prices in deals, according to Reuters. The shareholders hold stakes in a variety of publicly traded companies including HCA, Univision Communications and Harrahs Entertainment. Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co., which are part of a planned $33 billion buyout of HCA, are among the 13 buyout firms named, Reuters said. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan, N.Y. HCA shareholders are scheduled to vote on the planned buyout Nov. 16. -- by Matthew DoBias
Buyout firms accused of price-fixing
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