EPL ALERT: High Court Sides With Wal-Mart in Massive Sex Discrimination Case
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EPL ALERT: High Court Sides With Wal-Mart in Massive Sex Discrimination Case

June 20, 2011 - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that a lawsuit brought by women claiming sexual discrimination could not proceed as a class action against Wal-Mart.  The claims sought to represent approximately 1.5 million women putting potentially billions of dollars at stake for the giant retailer.  The ruling leaves the case to a handful of women who may pursue individual claims bringing the stakes way down and making it unlikely that Wal-Mart will settle.  In another aspect of today's decision, a divided court made it more difficult to mount similar class actions against large employers based on a common element standard.  Businesses will look to this landmark case to stem the tide of massive class actions.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Duke, No. 10-277.

79WAL-MART STORES, INC. v. DUKES ET AL. 6-11.pdf