It's quite obvious that there are some things going on here that the general public is unaware of. 'Backroom Dealings?'. We really shouldn't be surprised. Or even offended. It's just the nature of business. That's not to say that it is right. It isn't. But, it is what it is. And anyone who has been slighted in the deal could, with a good lawyer and deep pockets, make a case in a court of law. But at what cost and to what end? Why not rather, put that effort into learning how the wheels turn, or who is turning the wheels and work at putting yourself in a better position to buy.
It's an excellent story for local media, if they are willing to get their hands dirty, digging for the truth.
It's not going to be a great surprise to find out that some one profited unfairly in the transaction. The same old story with a new cast of characters. I've seen it...