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Supreme Court rules in ERISA disability benefits case
December 16, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued that her claim was timel....... [more]

Federal judge rejects class status in Wal-Mart discrimination suit
August 5, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday rejected a potential gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. This lawsuit, which aimed to represent 150,000 female Wal-Mart employees, was an attempt to file a smaller representative version of....... [more]

US Senate approved Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War
February 6, 2013
On February 6, 1899, the US Senate passed a resolution ratifying the Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War. The treaty, which was drafted and originally signed in 1898 by President William McKinley, did not officially go into effect until April 11, 1899, ending the one year w....... [more]

New York City pension funds file suit against Wal-Mart
June 12, 2012
New York City on Monday filed a derivative suit in Delaware Chancery Court against Wal-Mart alleging that both officers and board members of the company breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders by improperly handling reports of bribery that occurred in Mexico. The allegations of bribery and t....... [more]

Federal judge doubts sufficiency of evidence in Wal-Mart case
June 11, 2012
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California expressed his concern on Friday that the plaintiffs may not have sufficient evidence to proceed with their gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart. Although they filed an amended lawsuit in Wal-Mart v. Duke with the state....... [more]

Supreme Court heard arguments in global warming case
April 19, 2012
On April 19, 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether electric utilities contributed to global warming in the case of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had ruled in the same case that states can sue power companies for....... [more]

Federal judge upheld firing of medical marijuana user
February 11, 2012
On February 11, 2011, a federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan ruled that Wal-Mart did not wrongly fire an employee, Joseph Casias, who tested positive for medical marijuana he was using to treat a brain tumor. In the decision, Judge Robert Jonker found that th....... [more]

Ninth Circuit upheld class certification in Wal-Mart discrimination case
February 6, 2012
On February 6, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for allegedly discriminating against female employees should go to trial. The decision upheld a 2004 certification from the US District Court for the Northern District of....... [more]

Framing Discrimination Law: Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Title VII
November 12, 2011
JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Sperino of the University of Cincinnati College of Law says that the frameworks courts currently use to examine employment discrimination cases are too narrow in scope to deal with the type of discrimination alleged in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc v. Dukes...The case of Wal-Mar....... [more]

Women launch new discrimination claim against Wal-Mart
October 28, 2011
Lawyers representing women who claimed discrimination by Wal-Mart filed an amended lawsuit Thursday narrowing their claims to California stores of the retail giant. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges discriminatory practices against more tha....... [more]

Federal court sets deadline in Wal-Mart gender discrimination suit
August 20, 2011
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ordered Friday that a group of women seeking to recover damages from Wal-Mart must file their lawsuits by October 28. The order was issued on a motion to extend tolling of the statute of limitations by former members of the cl....... [more]


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