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NJ Court Certifies Wal-Mart Class-Action

  Court Watch  -   POSTED: 2007/05/31 15:51

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. by employees who claim that the nation's largest retailer denied them meal and rest breaks, and forced them to work off-the-clock. The 5-1 ruling by New Jersey's highest court revives the workers' lawsuit, which had been denied class-action status by a trial judge and an appellate panel.

Plaintiff attorney Judith L. Spanier, who said the class would contain about 80,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees, said similar cases were pending in other states.A spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart had no immediate comment on the ruling.

The Supreme Court found that the class should be certified because common questions of law outweigh individual issues, and that the class-action lawsuit is the better method to handle the dispute.


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