Wal-Mart plaintiffs vow to fight on

The Daily Record Newswire

After the U.S. Supreme Court denied class action status to the 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees who claim they were systematically denied the same raises and promotions given to men, the plaintiffs said they will continue to fight the company in court.

This means that the retail giant stands to face thousands of lawsuits filed by individuals across the country.

"When I go back to work tomorrow, I'm going to let them know we are still fighting," Christine Kwapnoski, an assistant manager at a Sam's Club store (which is a Wal-Mart subsidiary) told Bloomberg News.

Meanwhile Reuters reports that the law firm representing the plaintiffs racked up more than $7 million in fees, and doesn't expect to recoup the money any time soon.

''All our fees and expenses are at risk,'' said lead counsel Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, who said the firm incurred $5 million in attorney hours and spent $2 million on experts and discovery.

Published: Mon, Jul 4, 2011