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In wake of Wal-Mart, lawyers worry about fate of class actions (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny class action status to a group of women suing Wal-Mart for discrimination will roil the practice of employment law in North Carolina and across the country. “I think this is going to have a very sobering impact on discrimination-based class action cases,” said Corie Pauling, chairwoman of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. Many also expect the Wal-Mart ruling to be one that will get a lot of mileage from lawyers. “This is going to come up now every time you have a national client involved,” said M. Malissa Burnette, a specialist in employment and labor law with Callison Tighe & Robinson in Columbia, S.C. “For plaintiffs who attempt to do a lot of class actions, this is going to be a big deal.”

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