The 7 Key Points for Employers from the Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart v. Dukes Opinion

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the certification of the class action in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes ( discussed here ) . Recall that Dukes sought the certification of a nationwide class of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees allegedly denied pay and promotions because of a...

Supreme Court Reverses Certification Of Wal-Mart Gender Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 reversed certification of a class of more than 1 million current and former female employees of the nation's largest retailer after finding that certification was not consistent with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a) ( Wal...

Supreme Court, in Wal-Mart Employment Discrimination Case, Changes the Landscape of Class Action Litigation

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes ( an enhanced version of the opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers. ), which overturned certification of a class of 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees alleging gender discrimination...

Wal-Mart v. Dukes Does Not Equal Barefoot and Pregnant

I thought that I had my final say on Wal-Mart v. Dukes yesterday . Then, I read more of the commentary on the decision. For example, this clip from MSNBC argued that the Wal-Mart case marks the end of women's equality in the workplace: Or consider this quote, courtesy of Joanne Bamberger at...

Foley & Lardner Alert: Supreme Court Raises Bar for Class Action Plaintiffs in Wal-Mart v. Dukes

On June 20, 2011, the United States Supreme Court sided with Wal-Mart in a long-awaited decision regarding standards that apply to class action cases. The new opinion makes it harder for plaintiffs to obtain class certification. The case was brought by three female Wal-Mart employees (current...

Employment Law – Class Action Update

I talked last week with Steve Berstler , the producer and anchor of LexisNexis® Legal News audio podcasts, regarding the Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes . The highlights of our conversation are featured in the Legal News Podcast for June 21, 2011 . As discussed in the podcast...

Apparently It’s a Short Trip from Wal-Mart to Breast Feeding

Last Friday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis released the following statement about the Dukes v. Wal-Mart decision on the DOL's Work in Progress blog : The Court's decision in the Walmart lawsuit made no ruling on whether America's largest employer engaged in unlawful pay discrimination...

Williams Mullen Alert-Class Dismissed: Supreme Court Rejects Title VII Class Certification in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Provides Guidance on Important Class Action Issues

By: A. Peter Brodell, Turner A. Broughton & Joseph R. Pope On June 20, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 2011 U.S. LEXIS 4567 [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE...