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Walmart Seeks Smiley Face from Supremes

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When is a class too big to litigate?

That is the central question before the U.S. Supreme Court involving a class action of female employees suing discount giant Walmart.  The issue before the Court is whether a class action can be “supersized” like the meals at McDonalds or whether class actions involving gender discrimination claims have established parameters or limits.

The decision by the Court will be monumental.  Big corporations have sided with Walmart and fear the repercussions of a decision allowing en masse class actions that could cripple a company’s check book.

Walmart denies the claims by the female employees and staunchly argues that the class cannot be certified because not all female employees have the same claims. The plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the class should be certified and that discrimination laws do not limit the size of a potential class.

A decision is expected by late May or June.

Stay tuned.


Written by Admin

March 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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