Posts from June 2011.

This week proposed changes in the rules affecting labor relations have come from two federal agencies.

As we previously reported here, on April 26, 2010, in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a divided Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided 6-5 en banc to affirm the decision of the trial court to grant class certification in a discrimination lawsuit alleging Wal-Mart Stores discriminates against its women employees. The nationwide class is reputed by the Los Angeles Daily Journal to number upward of 1.6 million women employees, which would make the class the largest class in United States history.

MSNBC reports today that a Pennsylvania appellate court affirmed a $187.6 Million verdict against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in a class action lawsuit for allegedly denying hourly employees meal and rest breaks. Although the appellate court affirmed the damages verdict, it did order the trial court to recalculate the $45.6 Million award of attorneys fees to the employees' attorneys, indicating the trial court erred by "double-counting" some factors when calculating the attorney's fees award. Click here to read the story. 

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