Haggen Food and Pharmacy has filed a lawsuit against Albertsons seeking more than $1 billion in damages over a deal that has become acrimonious.
The complaint alleges that Albertsons engaged in “coordinated and systematic efforts to eliminate competition and Haggen as a viable competitor in over 130 local grocery markets in five states.” It was filed on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Haggen estimates the damages would exceed $1 billion, with the actual amount to be determined at trial.
In the 55-page complaint, Haggen lists a variety of grievances against Albertsons that have taken place since the grocer agreed to acquire 146 stores in five states — including six stores in San Luis Obispo County — in December.
Haggen's complaints against Albertsons include the following:
- Using Haggen’s confidential conversion scheduling information to create aggressive marketing campaigns intending to hurt Haggen grand openings;
In an email response, Brian Dowling, vice president of public affairs at Albertsons, said the allegations in the lawsuit “are completely without merit.” Read more at bellinghamherald.com »