I knew these guys were up to no good...
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced on Dec. 23, 2008, the settlement of 63 wage and hour lawsuits. The company estimated that the settlement would cost at least $352 million, but no more than $640 million, depending on the amount of claims that are submitted by class members.Many lawsuits, some of which were certified as class actions, involved claims that Wal-Mart failed to pay hourly employees for off-the-clock work and overtime, and that it violated state wage and hour laws by preventing employees from taking or completing their rest breaks.
On Dec. 9, 2008, Wal-Mart announced a separate settlement in Minnesota, resolving approximately 100,000 current and former Wal-Mart Stores and Sam's Club employees' claims of off-the-clock work and unlawfully missed breaks for $54.2 million.
There's actually a website out there that lists 99 verdicts against Walmart. I love it - this kind of thing fascinates me and not just because I'm against the Walmart corporation.
Of the 99--there are some that are absolutely ridiculous, like:
Woman Suffers Neck, Face and Arm Injuries After Display of Pickles Collapses on Her — $465,000 Tennessee Award
Plaintiff, age 56, suffered cervical spondylosis with superimposed strain, bruises of the neck, face and arm, and depression after a display of pickles collapsed on her. Plaintiff claimed a 20 percent whole-body impairment. Plaintiff asserted that Wal-Mart constructed and supervised the display negligently. Plaintiff relied on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur. Wal-Mart claimed that plaintiff was responsible for her injuries and that she was exaggerating them.
The jury awarded plaintiff $415,000. It also awarded plaintiff's husband $215,000 for loss of consortium, but the trial judge reduced the award to $50,000.
Cox v. Wal-Mart, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, Case No. 91-CV-283. Robert D. Arnold, Knoxville, TN for plaintiff. Gene Gaby, Greeneville, TN for Wal-Mart.
(I never liked pickles)
but there are also some that are really sad, like:
Pharmacy Misfills Thyroid Prescription Five Times — $200,000 Alabama Award Affirmed
Plaintiffs sued Wal-Mart after the store’s pharmacist misfilled their thyroid medicine prescriptions several times. Three other persons claimed that the pharmacist misfilled their prescriptions. An award of $10,000 compensatory and $190,000 punitive damages was affirmed on appeal.
Wal-Mart v. Glinda Gay Robbins, 719 So.2d 245 (Ala. Civ. App. 1998). H.E. Nix, Jr. and David P. Stevens, Montgomery, AL for Wal-Mart.
Speaking of Ever So Sweet, have you heard this song yet?
Ever So Sweet by The Early November
The lyrics are cute, here's the best part:
Ever so sweet
you baked it in cakes for me.
What you left behind,
it hurts my teeth.
Bring in the past
with the postcards you sent for me.
it brings me right back down.
**and you can't buy this cd at Walmart.
But you can listen to more by this band, here.