• Class Action Litigation: U.S. Supreme Court Reverses the Largest Class Action in History, Defining Limits to Certification of Class Claims
  • June 24, 2011
  • Law Firm: Sullivan Cromwell LLP - New York Office
  • The Supreme Court of the United States yesterday issued its highly anticipated decision in a massive employment discrimination class action against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the nation’s largest private employer. The decision, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al., 564 U.S. ---, 2011 WL 2437013 (2011) (No. 10-277), overrules the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which last year certified a sprawling class of some 1.5 million female employees asserting claims against Wal-Mart for injunctive relief and monetary relief in the form of backpay. The case had stood as the largest class action in history, and if permitted to proceed could well have spelled huge settlement costs for Wal-Mart and untold exposure for other companies sued under similar theories.