Lion Capital, which owns Bumble Bee Foods, allegedly paid off the tuna firm's CEO, Chris Lischewski, to take the heat in the ongoing class action tuna price-fixing lawsuit, according to documents filed Dec. 29 in US District Court for southern California.

US supermarket giant Kroger recently filed a motion urging the court to expand the defendant list to include Lion Capital and Lischewski because these allegations were discovered after the court's July 2017 deadline to amend pleadings.