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US Supreme Court Soundly Rejects Certification of a Company-wide Gender Discrimination Class in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes

30 June 2011
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In its highly anticipated decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc v. Dukes, No. 10-277, the US Supreme Court has reversed the class certification of a sprawling Title VII lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Court’s decision raises the bar for the certification of nationwide class employment discrimination claims and severely limits the ways in which claims for backpay can be pursued in the class context.


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