SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here said Tuesday that three California supermarkets must face an antitrust lawsuit over a mutual strike assistance agreement they signed in 2003. The decision overturns a lower court ruling of a suit filed by the state six years ago. The lawsuit involves Ralphs, a division of Kroger Co., Cincinnati; Vons, a division of Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif.; and Albertsons, which was an independent chain at the time of the labor dispute but is ...
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