JUDGE UPHOLDS WAKEFERN IN BROKER SUIT

ELIZABETH, N.J. -- A Superior Court judge here has upheld the right of Wakefern Food Corp. here to use the services of a Texas-based private-label food broker and that broker's right to compete with local brokers to represent private-label suppliers in the New York-New Jersey area.The decision, which involved the issue of preferred -- sometimes called "in-house" -- brokers, could signal a blow to

ELIZABETH, N.J. -- A Superior Court judge here has upheld the right of Wakefern Food Corp. here to use the services of a Texas-based private-label food broker and that broker's right to compete with local brokers to represent private-label suppliers in the New York-New Jersey area.

The decision, which involved the issue of preferred -- sometimes called "in-house" -- brokers, could signal a blow to small-sized brokers. Many such firms have argued that distributors that hire preferred b

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