Calif. Groceries Must Face Price-Sharing Suit: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 17, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the three largest supermarket chains in Southern California must face claims that they violated antitrust law by agreeing to share profits among themselves and with a fourth retailer during an anticipated labor dispute with the companies' unions.

In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a lower court's decision that an agreement between Kroger Co. unit Ralphs Grocery Co., Albertson’s Inc. and Safeway Inc. subsidiary Vons Cos. Inc. did...
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