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Wal-Mart class-action bids denied

June 21, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s hourly employees in Delaware, South Dakota, Nevada and Alaska can't pursue group lawsuits claiming that the company denied rest breaks and manipulated timecards to "shave" their pay, a judge ruled.

The workers, whose suits were combined in federal court in Las Vegas, failed to prove that common issues predominated, ruling out class-action treatment, U.S. District Judge Philip Pro said.

The lawsuits were among 35 combined in federal court alleging that Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., violated wage and hour laws.

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