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5 Aug 2013

Anne Youderian, Courthouse News Service (USA)

Judge Sinks Class in Wal-Mart Gender Bias Suit [USA]

A heavily whittled lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of gender discrimination is simply "a scaled-down version of the same case" rejected by the Supreme Court two years ago, a federal judge ruled, refusing to certify the smaller class action. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco denied class certification for a lawsuit led by Betty Dukes, saying the "newly proposed class continues to suffer from the problems that foreclosed certification of a nationwide class." Breyer was referring to the Supreme Court's 2011 decision to disband a nationwide class of 1.5 million women who worked for the retail giant…On remand, the plaintiffs scaled back their number by a factor of 10, proposing a class of about 150,000 women who worked in what they called Wal-Mart's "California regions."

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US federal judge denies class certification to women accusing Walmart of gender bias

Walmart lawsuit (re gender discrimination in USA)