Archive for the 'Litigation' Category

WALMART WINS UNION TRESPASS APPEAL…

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

On Thursday, 30 June, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Eight found in favor of Walmart in the case of Walmart v. United Food And Commercial Workers International. From Court Documents: In September 2014, the trial court issued a permanent injunction barring defendants United Food and Commercial Workers […]

WALMART V. VISA V. VISA V. WALMART…

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Europeans have been using chip cards for more than 10 years and you would think that the bugs would have been worked out of the system by the time the cards were introduced in the United States this year. Not so. Walmart has been haggling with Visa over the question of PINs vs. signatures—I get […]

WALMART INSUFFICIENTLY GUILTY FOR JUDGE…

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Walmart is guilty, just not guilty enough, according to Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware. Bouchard. Bouchard dismissed a lawsuit by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shareholders who accused the board of the world’s largest retailer of trying to cover up bribes paid by company executives in Mexico, according to Tom Hals […]

MR. MCMILLON: OPEN THOSE DOORS…

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union wants transparency when Walmart hauls in non-union (i.e. all Walmart) employees for disciplinary hearings that result from worker strikes. Given Walmart’s long history of intimidation tactics, that seems like a reasonable demand. Closed door sessions are rarely good. Daniel Wiessner, reporting in Wal-Mart’s closed-door meetings with workers […]

DUCK AND COVER…? REALLY WALMART…?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I’ve written before applauding Walmarts stance on GLBTQ rights, and only last Friday I again said that Walmart is on the right side of this issue. That is why Tom Tillison’s piece surprised me a bit because he suggests that Walmart hopes to maintain a low profile until the smoke clears. Good luck with that. […]

WHO SHOULD HANDLE WALMART SECURITY…?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

When your job is security, every person looks like a security threat. No. I’m not talking about the Transportation Security Administration (thank gawd I don’t fly), I’m talking about retail security guards, working two jobs and likely bored out of their skulls and afraid that if they do nothing, their employer will figure out that […]

GIVE WALMART A GOOD CROTCH PUNCH…?

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

So, we all get that there are people, lots of people, who think that the Bentonvile Behemoth is not a good actor in the world economy, but I can’t remember the last time I came across such a visceral reaction as that from Delta2, who wrote: Walmart has been doing this for years. Although I […]

WALMART LOSES PENNSYLVANIA APPEAL…

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Good news for Walmart workers in Pennsylvania. Robbie Neiswanger, writing in High court rejects Wal-Mart appeal for Arkansas Online, reports: The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to review a class-action lawsuit ruling that requires the retailer to pay Pennsylvania employees nearly $188 million. Wal-Mart petitioned the Supreme Court on March […]

BETTY DUKES IS BACK WITH A NEW CAREER…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her discrimination claim against Walmart on the behalf of all the women working for the Bentonvile Behemoth, Betty Dukes is back with a new, broader fight for the rights of Americans. Frank Lockwood, writing in Wal-Mart suer now taking on inequality for the Arkansas Democrat reports: A […]

BATTLE OVER CLOSED STORES GOES ON…

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The stores are reopening, but the labor battle over Walmart’s union-busting ruse is far from over. Reuter’s reports in Unions file new Wal-Mart labor complaint related to store closure that: Unions filed a second labor board complaint against Wal-Mart Stores Inc related to its temporary closure of a California store, claiming the retailer discriminated against […]

WALMART UNSHELVES ASSAULT WEAPONS…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago I seriously considered buying an AR-15, the civilian, semi-automatic version of the M-16, but not for varmint hunting. I was a 20-something card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association with an attitude. Good sense prevailed and I spent my $300 elsewhere. Conspiracy aficionados notwithstanding there simply is no good reason to […]

DID WALMART IMPLY A RAISE TO $15 AN HOUR…?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Walmart has made stupid media and public relations decisions in the past that have blown up in the company’s face. After watching the commercial several times, and reflecting on just how many fecking checkouts there are in a Supercenter, I don’t think this is an accident. From the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + […]

WALMART’S SALES-TAX CON SETTLED…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I first wrote about Walmart’s policy of calculating sales tax refunds based on the tax rate at the store where a return is made and not the tax rate at the store where the sale is made back in 2009. I recognize that on balance, a customer may be as likely to receive a higher […]

HOW IMPORTANT IS A ONE PERCENT TAX…?

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A sales tax of one percent means buyers pay a penny on the dollar, a dime on $10 and a whole dollar on $100. Is that enough to make customers shop elsewhere? Does such a tax confer an unfair disadvantage on a retailers? Perhaps. Walmart seems to think so, or perhaps the Bentonvile Behemoth is […]

WALMART SUED FOR GENDER DISCRIMINATION…

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Walmart has been better than many in implementing fairness policies on a number of issues including same-sex marriage and benefits. There are still a few bugs in the system and, unfortunately, lawyers and judges are involved. A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance to […]