Supreme Court justices ask: How can you determine damages for each woman in the class-action suit against Wal-Mart? Some 1.5 million women are suing Wal-Mart on sex-discrimination claims.
Members of the US Supreme Court waded into a thick, muddy morass of litigation on Tuesday and confronted a novel question.
Is a computerized formula a better guarantor of justice than an old-fashioned hearing with live testimony in a courtroom with a judge?
At issue during oral argument was whether the lower courts properly allowed the case to move forward as a single, massive class-action lawsuit rather than breaking it up into smaller lawsuits, or dismissing it altogether.
The complaint was filed in 2001 on behalf of more than 1.5 million current and former women employees who were allegedly paid less and promoted less often than their male counterparts at Wal-Mart.
The case is being closely watched because the high court will likely use it as a way to bring clarity and certainty to an area of the law (class-action lawsuits) that is becoming increasingly swamp-like.
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