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October 17, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday approved Ralphs grocery chain's guilty plea to felony charges that it illegally rehired locked-out workers during the Southern California supermarket labor dispute almost three years ago. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the company's pledge to cooperate in a continuing investigation was a key factor in his decision to approve the agreement.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
Ralphs grocery chain formally pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges that it illegally rehired locked-out employees during the 2003-04 supermarket labor dispute in Southern and Central California. The pleas in federal court in Los Angeles followed a June 30 agreement between the supermarket chain and federal prosecutors. It called for the company to plead guilty and pay a total of $70 million in fines and restitution. The company would also be placed on three years' probation. U.S.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
The Ralphs grocery chain said Friday that it had agreed to pay $70 million in fines and restitution to settle criminal charges that it illegally rehired locked-out workers during the supermarket labor dispute in Southern California more than two years ago. Under a proposed agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Ralphs would plead guilty to five felony charges included in the 53-count grand jury indictment returned against the company in December.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
The Ralphs grocery chain plans to plead guilty to charges that it illegally rehired hundreds of locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket dispute more than two years ago, the company's parent said Thursday. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. said in a regulatory filing that Ralphs "expects to enter into an agreement that will include a plea of guilty to some of the charges" in a 53-count indictment handed up in December by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Ralphs Grocery Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that store managers violated federal laws by secretly rehiring nearly 1,000 locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket labor dispute of 2003-04. Representatives of Southern California's largest grocery chain appeared in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alongside shackled, orange-jumpsuit-clad suspects in other matters, to listen as the company's case was assigned to Judge Percy Anderson.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
Let's stipulate that in the eyes of the law Ralphs Grocery Co. is innocent until proven guilty. That out of the way? Now, let's examine the tale of unparalleled sleaziness outlined in the 106-page indictment of Ralphs handed up last week by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. The document's thrust is that, in 2003, Ralphs executives tried to undermine the United Food and Commercial Workers union through a full-bore criminal conspiracy.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the Ralphs grocery chain Thursday, alleging that store managers violated federal laws by secretly rehiring nearly 1,000 locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket labor dispute two years ago. Ralphs used fake names and Social Security numbers and falsified thousands of employee records sent to various government agencies to conceal the rehiring effort, the 53-count indictment alleged.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Ralphs Grocery Co. and its sister supermarket chain Food 4 Less will avoid steep state fines for advertising Mexican-grown grapes as coming from California farms this summer. After investigating the incident, the California Department of Food and Agriculture decided not to ask the state attorney general to prosecute the two supermarket chains, department spokesman Steve Lyle said Monday. The chains, both owned by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
In what officials are describing as an unusual violation of the state's California Grown marketing campaign, Ralphs Grocery Co. and its sister Food 4 Less chain could face steep fines for advertising Mexican-grown grapes as coming from California farms. The California Department of Food and Agriculture, responding to complaints from farmers, has launched a formal review of the violation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A Venice man who tried to extort $180,000 from the Ralphs supermarket chain last year by threatening to plant contaminated food products on store shelves was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison.
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