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 / REPEATING TO CHANGE HEADLINE, FIRST GRAPH AND ADD CONTACT / FOOD LION FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ABC AND "PRIME TIME LIVE" PRODUCER
 SALISBURY, N.C., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Lion, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: FDLN), a supermarket chain headquartered in Salisbury, N.C., announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (NYSE: CCB) and its employee, Lynne Litt, a "Prime Time Live" producer.
 In its lawsuit, Food Lion alleges that ABC's employee, Litt, fraudulently obtained employment with Food Lion by using a false and misleading employment application, false and misleading statements to Food Lion management and, after she was hired (but while still an employee of ABC) engaged in deceitful and illegal activities. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Litt failed to perform her duties as an employee in an effective and responsible manner, giving her the opportunity to concoct news about the operations and practices in the stores in which she worked.
 Food lion alleges that, while an employee of Food Lion, Litt concealed and used various video and audio recording devices for purposes of obtaining information and materials about Food Lion for use on "Prime Time Live." "Prime Time Live" is a tabloid-style prime time television program concerned with sensational stories and exposes that will attract television viewers.
 Food Lion believes that ABC's interest is an outgrowth of an ongoing and completely unsuccessful corporate campaign by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to unionize Food Lion workers or economically damage Food Lion by attempting to bring various kinds of pressure on Food Lion's management. In carrying out that campaign, UFCW has levelled many unsubstantiated charges, instigated administrative and legislative investigations, and fomented litigation by a small group of disaffected ex-employees of Food Lion. The Company further alleges that attempts to use the media are a hallmark of UFCW's campaign and it believes that ABC and Litt have talked with UFCW representatives to obtain information about Food Lion and that ABC's actions and interests in Food Lion have been encouraged and aided by the UFCW.
 Food Lion employees overwhelmingly rejected attempts by the UFCW which could gain over $10 million in dues if it were able to add Food Lion employees to its rolls.
 In its lawsuit, Food Lion alleges that ABC and its employee, Litt, engaged in unlawful conduct, including intentional misrepresentation, deceit and fraud, and violated North Carolina's unfair and deceptive trade practices statute, entitling Food Lion to compensatory and punitive damages.
 Food Lion stated that it was unfortunate that it was necessary to file the lawsuit; however, after considering all alternatives and engaging in direct discussions with ABC, it filed the suit in order to protect the interests of Food Lion, its employees, customers, and shareholders.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mozingo, Food Lion, Inc., 704-633-8250 ext. 2575/
 (FDLN CCB) CO: Food Lion, Inc.; Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.; United Food and
 Commercial Workers ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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