PASADENA, Calif. — Circuit court judges here have affirmed the dismissal of racketeering claims against Kroger Co. alleged in a class-action suit relating to the retailer’s hiring practices during the 2003-04 strike-lockout in California. In a memorandum filed last week, judges said the plaintiffs — individual union employees of Kroger's Ralphs Grocery division — failed to establish a “pattern” of racketeering and had waived their right to sue Kroger through their union. The plaintiffs had ...

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