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December 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. and the owner of the Alpha Beta chain have agreed to sell 27 of their nearly 400 Southern California stores in an antitrust settlement that is likely to pave the way for the largest supermarket merger in California history. The store divestitures were approved by the two chains and the California attorney general and were announced Wednesday after months of negotiation.
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NEWS
February 16, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leading supermarket chains in Southern California have agreed to reverse a decade-long trend of sub-contracting for or low-paid night janitors and will either hire back staff janitors or pay union wages. The agreement marks a rare retreat in a nationwide movement toward the use of contractors and temporary agencies in a variety of industries.
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BUSINESS
August 26, 1994
K.V. Mart Co., owner of 13-store grocery chain accused in a lawsuit of labor violations, responded Thursday by denying the allegations and criticizing the Buena Park-based union that helped prepare the lawsuit. Ty Hitt, chief financial officer of K.V. Mart in Long Beach, said his company pays "fair wages" to its 1,050 employees. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by six former employees contends that K.V.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Employees Sue Albertson's Supermarkets: Ten current or former employees of the Albertson's supermarket chain in California have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco accusing the company of pressuring staffers to work unpaid overtime. The suit, backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, mirrors a similar case that it filed against the company earlier this month in a Washington state court.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Court Orders Trial on Lucky Ads: A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge rejected Lucky Stores' request to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the supermarket chain of making false advertising claims, paving the way for a trial on some of the allegations made by rival Food 4 Less Supermarkets. Under the ruling, the court will examine Lucky's advertising in a trial that will determine whether Lucky can continue to call itself the "low price leader."
BUSINESS
October 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Record Food Stamp Fraud Alleged: The government has filed a $120-million civil lawsuit for food stamp fraud against a New York grocery store, the largest ever filed since the program began in 1964, the U.S. Agriculture Department said. The suit against Brooklyn wholesaler Felix Puello, 47, of Puello Meats & Provisions Co., claims that the wholesaler fraudulently redeemed more than $40 million worth of food stamps. The complaint also names as defendants three affiliated firms owned by Puello.
NEWS
December 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An elderly couple sued a local baking company after finding what they described as a "rubber-like object shaped like a condom" in a loaf of bread. According to the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, 80-year-old Ruth Moglen chewed on a rubber-like fragment after biting into a piece of bread baked by Metropolis Baking Co.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Employees Sue Albertson's Supermarkets: Ten current or former employees of the Albertson's supermarket chain in California have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco accusing the company of pressuring staffers to work unpaid overtime. The suit, backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, mirrors a similar case that it filed against the company earlier this month in a Washington state court.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1994
Six former employees of Top Valu/Valu Plus grocery stores filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the company alleging that it violated overtime, minimum wage and other labor regulations. The suit and an accompanying statement allege that more than 1,000 current and past employees at 13 Top Valu/Valu Plus stores in Southern California were subjected to labor violations. The suit seeks back wages and penalties plus attorney fees and court costs. Top Valu/Valu Plus is owned by K.V. Mart Co.
NEWS
February 16, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leading supermarket chains in Southern California have agreed to reverse a decade-long trend of sub-contracting for or low-paid night janitors and will either hire back staff janitors or pay union wages. The agreement marks a rare retreat in a nationwide movement toward the use of contractors and temporary agencies in a variety of industries.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Court Orders Trial on Lucky Ads: A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge rejected Lucky Stores' request to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the supermarket chain of making false advertising claims, paving the way for a trial on some of the allegations made by rival Food 4 Less Supermarkets. Under the ruling, the court will examine Lucky's advertising in a trial that will determine whether Lucky can continue to call itself the "low price leader."
BUSINESS
December 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. and the owner of the Alpha Beta chain have agreed to sell 27 of their nearly 400 Southern California stores in an antitrust settlement that is likely to pave the way for the largest supermarket merger in California history. The store divestitures were approved by the two chains and the California attorney general and were announced Wednesday after months of negotiation.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1994
K.V. Mart Co., owner of 13-store grocery chain accused in a lawsuit of labor violations, responded Thursday by denying the allegations and criticizing the Buena Park-based union that helped prepare the lawsuit. Ty Hitt, chief financial officer of K.V. Mart in Long Beach, said his company pays "fair wages" to its 1,050 employees. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by six former employees contends that K.V.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1994
Six former employees of Top Valu/Valu Plus grocery stores filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the company alleging that it violated overtime, minimum wage and other labor regulations. The suit and an accompanying statement allege that more than 1,000 current and past employees at 13 Top Valu/Valu Plus stores in Southern California were subjected to labor violations. The suit seeks back wages and penalties plus attorney fees and court costs. Top Valu/Valu Plus is owned by K.V. Mart Co.
BUSINESS
October 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Record Food Stamp Fraud Alleged: The government has filed a $120-million civil lawsuit for food stamp fraud against a New York grocery store, the largest ever filed since the program began in 1964, the U.S. Agriculture Department said. The suit against Brooklyn wholesaler Felix Puello, 47, of Puello Meats & Provisions Co., claims that the wholesaler fraudulently redeemed more than $40 million worth of food stamps. The complaint also names as defendants three affiliated firms owned by Puello.
NEWS
December 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An elderly couple sued a local baking company after finding what they described as a "rubber-like object shaped like a condom" in a loaf of bread. According to the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, 80-year-old Ruth Moglen chewed on a rubber-like fragment after biting into a piece of bread baked by Metropolis Baking Co.
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