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Court revives antitrust case against grocers

8th Circuit reversed lower court’s ruling that had dismissed the case

The case against two wholesalers—C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and SuperValu Inc.—will see its day in court.

Yesterday, the 8th Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling dismissing the case, which five grocers brought against the two companies claiming they colluded to raise prices on groceries. The grocers say that a 2003 agreement between C&S and SuperValu to exchange assets in the Midwest and New England and not compete with each other for customers was a violation of antitrust laws. They claim the deal allowed the two wholesalers to overcharge retail customers in the Midwest and New England.


Cathleen Flahardy

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