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Sewage treatment plants file class action against Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart over flushable wipes

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Costco, Target and Wal-Mart have been named in a class action brought by sewage treatment facilities. The retailers manufacture and sell wipes that allegedly are misrepresented as safe to flush, but damage sewage systems, the complaint alleges. The wipes are labeled as “safe to flush, safe for plumbing, safe for sewer systems and/or biodegradable” but don’t disintegrate after they are flushed, the suit alleged. The wipes are therefore not flushable “under any definition of the term,” according to the complaint. But because the wipes are marketed as safe to flush, consumers continue to discard them into toilets and subsequently damage sewage systems, the suit claimed.

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Dukes v. Wal-Mart going to trial

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by Steve Larson

DiscriminationWal-Mart greeter, Betty Dukes, is going to get to go to trial on her gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart.  You may recall that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the certification of a massive class of female employees that contended they were discriminated against. Dukes’ discrimination suit against Wal-Mart was originally filed in 2001. The district court certified a national class in 2004 and the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court decision in 2010. Wal-Mart appealed to the Supreme Court, which reversed the Ninth Circuit. Read more…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives green light to class actions

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

walmartA Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in mid-December upholding a nearly $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for denying breaks to its workers signals a split with federal courts over standards for bringing class actions, and could cause new claims to be pursued in the state court system. Read more…

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Visa seeks declaratory judgment against Wal-Mart in credit card antitrust litigation

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Steve Larson

Antitrust CasesVisa Inc. sued Wal-Mart in New York federal court in a bid to block the retail giant from pursuing more damages after opting out of a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement in the interchange fee MDL.  The credit card giant accused Wal-Mart of trying to endlessly litigate many of the same issues over its interchange fees in multiple cases, pointing out that it already paid Wal-Mart a significant settlement to resolve an earlier round of litigation over its practices.

And even though Visa, MasterCard and several major banks have already agreed to pay roughly $7.25 billion in a settlement to resolve an MDL accusing the companies of conspiring to keep rates high, Wal-Mart indicated that it planned to pursue another suit over the same alleged conduct, according to the new complaint. After more than a decade of litigation, Visa said enough was enough, urging the court to rule the company hadn’t violated the antitrust laws. Read more…

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Wal-Mart included as defendant in class action by temporary warehouse workers

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourA federal judge ruled that Wal-Mart can be included as a defendant to a class action lawsuit brought by temporary warehouse workers in the Inland Empire.  The battle involves a warehouse operated by Schneider Logistics, which receives containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and ships them to Wal-Mart distribution centers and stores around the country.

Lawyers for the workers accuse Wal-Mart, Schneider and two temporary staffing agencies which supplied about 1,800 employees of violating labor laws such as failing to pay minimum wage or overtime and providing substandard working conditions.  Although the warehouse workers were not employed directly by Wal-Mart, the lawsuit alleges that the world’s largest retailer is ultimately liable for how workers are treated by its contractors. Read more…

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Warehouse workers petition to add Wal-Mart as defendants in wage theft lawsuit

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourAttorneys representing workers in Wal-Mart warehouses today announced the filing of a motion to add the retail giant as a defendant in an ongoing federal wage theft lawsuit. If successful, the motion would advance efforts by organized labor to punish Wal-Mart for alleged rampant abuses, and to establish its responsibility for the actions of its contractors and subcontractors in California and elsewhere. Read more…

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