Three Former Ralphs Executives Sue Chain

Three former executives of Ralphs Grocery Co. here are suing the company for firing them in the wake of the 2003-2004 strike-lockout.

LOS ANGELES — Three former executives of Ralphs Grocery Co. here are suing the company for firing them in the wake of the 2003-2004 strike-lockout.

The suit comes after the three executives — Patrick McGowan, Scott Drew and Karen Montoya — were acquitted in June of fraud and conspiracy in a scheme to re-hire locked out workers using false identities during the labor dispute.

Cincinnati-based Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs, paid more than $70 million in damages ste

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