Court: Chains Must Face Suit for Strike Collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here said Tuesday that three California supermarkets must face an antitrust lawsuit over a mutual strike assistance agreement they signed in 2003. The decision overturns a lower court ruling of a suit filed by the state six years ago.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here said Tuesday that three California supermarkets must face an antitrust lawsuit over a mutual strike assistance agreement they signed in 2003. The decision overturns a lower court ruling of a suit filed by the state six years ago.

The lawsuit involves Ralphs, a division of Kroger Co., Cincinnati; Vons, a division of