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Supreme Court Case Involving Wal-Mart Could Help Determine How Big One Lawsuit Can Get

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2011
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
David G. Savage

Professor Deborah Hensler is quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the job-discrimination case confronting Wal-Mart, and how a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court might help the company. LA Times’ David Savage reports:

Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer.

Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money.

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"The court's majority has been hostile to class actions," Stanford Law Professor Deborah Hensler said.