CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here and Joseph A. Pichler, Kroger chairman and chief executive officer, face a class action lawsuit filed in late May in U.S. District Court here by a shareholder who alleges the company knew about improper accounting practices at its Compton, Calif.-based Ralphs subsidiary last September, six months before going public with the news. On March 5, Kroger said it had been made aware "of the possibility" of misdeeds at Ralphs in September. It said it then conducted an ...

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