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The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that Kroger, which owns the Ralphs grocery chain, “has set aside $116 million to compensate two rivals under a controversial mutual-aid pact the trio devised in anticipation of the California supermarket strike and lockout, regulatory filings show.”

The actual payout to Safeway and Albertsons by Kroger is likely to be about $75 million, according to the LAT.

During the four-month strike, Kroger seemed to be the company held in greatest regard by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which at one point pulled pickets from Ralphs to concentrate on the other two. Since Ralphs suffered less, it now has to pay its brethren for their pain and suffering.

A lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer alleges that the pact violates federal antitrust laws.
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