Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over big grocery deal

Haggen is suing Albertsons for $1 billion, alleging the grocery giant hoodwinked the small supermarket chain into buying dozens of Western U.S. stores in order to facilitate a merger with Safeway and then sabotaged Haggen’s entry into the new markets. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Delaware, accuses Albertsons of unfair competition, saying that forced Haggen to lay off hundreds and close about a fifth of the stores it had acquired from Albertsons and Safeway.

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