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Safeway Settles Most Recent Class Action Lawsuit


Safeway, a subsidiary of Albertson's Company, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $8.8 million.  The case arises from passing on a clean energy surcharge of one percent imposed by the city of Portland in 2019.  The pass-through continued from September 2019 through July 2020.


During the first week of May, Safeway agreed to pay $107 million to settle a buy-one, get-one-free meat promotion that was deceptive.


It would appear that past decisions by the management of Safeway relating to pricing and marketing have fallen below an acceptable standard of ethics.  This factor will be considered by the FTC in their review of the proposed acquisition of Safeway by the Kroger Company.