RALPHS TO PLEAD 'NOT GUILTY' IN HIRING LOCKED-OUT WORKERS

LOS ANGELES - Kroger Co. said Ralphs Grocery Co. intends to plead not guilty later this month to charges it knowingly hired locked-out workers under false names and Social Security numbers during the Southern California strike-lockout in late 2003 and early 2004.Attorneys for Ralphs are scheduled to appear at an arraignment hearing later this month, on a date not yet set, during which a magistrate

LOS ANGELES - Kroger Co. said Ralphs Grocery Co. intends to plead not guilty later this month to charges it knowingly hired locked-out workers under false names and Social Security numbers during the Southern California strike-lockout in late 2003 and early 2004.

Attorneys for Ralphs are scheduled to appear at an arraignment hearing later this month, on a date not yet set, during which a magistrate judge will assign the case to a federal judge, who will subsequently schedule a trial d

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