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Wal-Mart To Pay $12 Million In Kentucky Discrimination Lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (AP) Wal-Mart Stores will pay nearly $12 million and change its hiring practices to settle a sex-discrimination suit over hiring at an eastern Kentucky The retail giant reached the deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, when a trial was set...

Court: Wal-Mart To Face Massive Class Action Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) A sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday exposed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to billions of dollars in legal damages when it ruled a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers can go to trial. In its 6-5 ruling, the 9th Circuit...

Divided 9th Circuit Allows Gender Bias Class To Proceed

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) In a 6-5 vote, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 26 allowed claims that the nation's largest retailer discriminated against female employees solely based on their gender to proceed as a class action lawsuit ( Betty Dukes, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc...

Class Action Filed Over Alleged Misrepresentation Of Olive Oil

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A class action lawsuit was filed Aug.2 in Orange County Superior Court by Callahan & Blaine against some of California's largest distributors and retailers of extra virgin olive oil ( David W. Martin v. Carapelli USA, Llc , No. 2010-00395464, Calif. Super., Orange Co.). ...

Court Lets Part Of Organic Milk Lawsuit To Proceed

ST. LOUIS - (AP) Dairy consumers who sued several national chains and the largest U.S. provider of store-brand organic milk claiming they falsely labeled the milk can continue with their lawsuit under a federal appeals court ruling issued Wednesday. The ruling from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

U.S. High Court to Hear Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 agreed to consider only one question in the appeal filed by Walmart seeking to overturn a California federal judge's decision to certify a class of more than 1 million current and former female employees who claim that the nation's...

Wal-Mart Drops Store Plan Near Virginia Civil War Site

ORANGE, Va. - (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. abruptly dropped plans Wednesday for a new store near a Civil War battlefield in Virginia after two years of opposition from historians and some residents. Lawyers representing the nation's largest retailer made the announcement in Orange County Circuit Court...

California Stores Face Lawsuits After ZIP Code Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Consumers have filed lawsuits against more than a dozen national retail chains operating in California since the state Supreme Court ruled it's illegal for clerks to ask customers for their ZIP codes. The high court unanimously ruled last week that a ZIP code is part of a customers'...

Wal-Mart Sex Bias Case Hits Possible Court Block

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of at least a half-million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit....

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Wal-Mart Gender Bias Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A class of more than 1 million current and former female employees in a gender bias suit against the nation's largest retailer was improperly certified after Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)'s cohesion requirements and Rule 23(b)(2)'s requirements for...

Wal-Mart To Pay $440,000 In California Harassment Lawsuit

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $440,000 to settle a federal harassment lawsuit by 10 employees who say they endured ethnic slurs and derogatory remarks on a daily basis while working at a Sam's Club store in Fresno, Calif. Wal-Mart owns and operates Sam's Club. Full...

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Upholds $188M Wal-Mart Verdict

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) A $188 million class-action verdict against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sam's Club over payment to employees for rest breaks and off-the-clock work was upheld Friday by a Pennsylvania appeals court. A three-judge Superior Court panel said there was sufficient evidence at trial...

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-Mart...

Wave Of Lawsuits Over Seats For Employees Hits Retail Stores

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Retail store operators may want to sit down for this one if they can find a chair. Nearly every national chain is under legal attack in California for failing to provide "suitable seating" for cashiers and other employees who are expected to spend most of their work day...

7 Key Points From The Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes Class Action Opinion

Jon Hyman Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the certification of the class action in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes . 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 corporate...

High Court Decision In Wal-Mart Case A Blow To Class Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Mounting a large-scale bias claim against a huge company will be more difficult in light of a Supreme Court decision that found no convincing proof of discrimination on which to allow a class action against retail giant Wal-Mart on behalf of as many as 1.6 million women. Full...

The Week in Securities Litigation: FCPA The Topic After Mexican Wal-Mart Allegations

The FCPA is the topic of the week following the New York Times article detailing claims of violations in the Mexican subsidiary of Walmart which supposedly have been ignored for years. While that matter is under investigation, the DOJ and the SEC settled another FCPA action which at the moment may be...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast May Be A Class Action Game-Changer, But Not In Boston

By William A. Ruskin | In Comcast Corp. v Behrend , 133 S.Ct. 1426 (March 27, 2013) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Court held that the lower court erred in failing to consider flaws in plaintiffs' damages model merely because the damages model would be pertinent...