Quick reaction to Wal-Mart v. Dukes by Seyfarth Shaw
By: Date: June 20 2011
In workplace law circles, today is “D-Day.” The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the closely watched case, Wal-Mart v. Dukes. In Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest retailer is appealing a Ninth Circuit decision green-lighting the largest employment discrimination class action ever. The Court today unanimously held that the class should not have been certified.
As you line up legal sources for out-of-the-gate comment on this important ruling, consider a conversation with attorneys GeraldMaatman, Camille Olson, or DavidRoss of law firm SeyfarthShaw. They’ve been following the Wal-Mart case through all stages of its appeal with great interest, and may be among the best qualified observers to comment: They are among several attorneys at Seyfarth who filed an amicus brief in Wal-Mart on behalf of retailer Costco and the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Policy Association. The firm has also written frequently on the case in Seyfarth’s Workplace Class Action Blog.
Later today, Seyfarth Shaw will post its comment on its blog. The firm will also provide a short, interactive webinar in which its attorneys will address the opinion, and initial thoughts regarding the Rule 23/class action implications and effects on human resources practices.