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The chain’s CEO alleged that the deal may have pushed more shrimp business to owner Thai Union Group at Red Lobster’s expense, setting the stage for a messy Chapter 11 proceeding.

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The casual-dining chain, which filed for bankruptcy this week, is probing whether its former CEO steered all its shrimp purchasing through the company's owner, Thai Union, a shrimp supplier.