Akin Gump Wal-Mart Memo May Prompt Sex Bias Deal

Law360, New York (June 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Employment law experts are split over whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. can invoke attorney-client privilege to shield an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP report finding sex-based pay disparities at the retailer, but they say the report could prod Wal-Mart to settle a historic sex bias action even if the revelations never reach the courtroom.

The 1995 confidential report assessing Wal-Mart's liability for sex discrimination, the existence of which was revealed by The New York Times on Thursday, might not be considered “legal advice” that would...
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