Thursday, October 27, 2011

BREAKING: Wal-Mart Class Action is Back! - COTW #64

In case you've been living under a rock, there was this little case called Wal-Mart v. Dukes which would have been the largest employment law class action in history. Would have been... except the Supreme Court held that class certification was inappropriate.

The plaintiffs tried to bring a nationwide class action on behalf of about 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees. Unfortunately, the class lacked the glue to tie their claims together.

Now, the plaintiffs are back! You can read a copy of their new Complaint here. This time around, they have narrowed their class to just female employees in Wal-Mart's California regions (estimated around 45,000 employees). We'll see how they make out this time around!

UPDATE: The Complaint describes two classes (current women employees and women employed since December 26, 1998), and claims each exceeds 45,000. So the lawsuit could be more than 90,000.

Note: Yeah, I'm jumping the gun a little on the Case of the Week - I just wanted to bring you this breaking story ASAP.

HT: Ross Runkel via Twitter.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.