Court Objects to 2003 Revenue-Sharing Pact

The three major chains in Southern California violated anti-competition laws in 2003 by signing a mutual strike assistance agreement during a labor dispute, according to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

SAN FRANCISCO — The three major chains in Southern California violated anti-competition laws in 2003 by signing a mutual strike assistance agreement during a labor dispute, according to a ruling this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals here.

The chains — Supervalu-owned Albertsons, which was independently owned at the time;