Arizona AG Kris Mayes, the FTC and several other states are suing to BLOCK the Fry's (Kroger)/Safeway-Albertson's merger.
The case has been filed in federal court in Oregon. The state of Washington already filed their own case to block it, and the Pac NW also has a big overlap between Kroger and Albertson's/Safeway - like AZ.
The FTC and AZ allege that the proposed Kroger/Albertson's merger would create grocery monopolies in: Flagstaff; LHC-Kingman; Payson, Phx-Mesa-Chandler; Prescott Valley-Prescott; Sierra Vista-Douglas; Tucson; Yuma.
Also, AZ is 1 of 15 states where both are UFCW workplaces. The allegations about the unionization are that the merger will allow them to offer lower wages/worse packages to the union.
The companies have agreed to a TRO, keeping the merger from closing until there's a ruling.