Class Action Mechanism Hangs In Balance With Dukes

Law360, New York (March 28, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT) -- Tuesday's long-awaited showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a group of female workers who accuse the retail giant of gender bias could dramatically alter the way class actions are litigated, attorneys say.

Though the high court won't be considering the merits of Wal-Mart v. Dukes — which alleges that Wal-Mart maintains a companywide policy of pay and promotion discrimination against women — it is set to rule on the validity of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's ruling...
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