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"Wal-Mart Law" Struck Down In Federal Court

Law360 (July 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has struck down Maryland’s controversial “Wal-Mart law,” which required companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8% of their payroll on employee health insurance.

The judge scrapped the state law after finding that it conflicted with a federal law.

Maryland’s Attorney General will appeal the ruling to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the office said.

The law, called the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act, was aimed at Wal-Mart—one of Maryland’s largest employers.

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