Judge Weighing $35M Walmart Deal Mulls State Court Ruling

By Gina Kim (May 6, 2022, 8:50 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge considering whether to approve Walmart's $35 million deal over allegedly inaccurate wage statements asked the retailer Friday to brief him about adding language tailored to a recent state appellate court decision that would limit the settlement's release.

At a hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge André Birotte raised the same concerns he noted in his March 21 denial of the parties' motion for preliminary approval. His order referenced several cases cited by the Ninth Circuit that applied a rule that a release must be based on allegations pled in an operative complaint.

Judge Birotte said in his March 21...

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