Supreme Court blocks massive job discrimination suit against Wal-Mart
In a ruling that may mean new limits on class-action suits, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled for Wal-Mart Stores in the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in history, as it put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against the chain.
In a ruling that was not unexpected, the justices overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that more than a million female employees nationwide could join in the lawsuit, which accused Wal-Mart of paying women less and giving them fewer promotions. The Supreme Court agreed with Wal-Mart that the class-action certification violated federal rules for such lawsuits. It accepted Wal-Mart’s main argument that the female employees in different jobs at 3,400 different stores nationwide and with different supervisors do not have enough in common to be lumped together in a single class-action lawsuit.
The justices said the lawyers arguing the case failed to point to a common corporate policy that led to gender discrimination against workers at thousands of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores across the country. The court ruled unanimously on some aspects of the case and divided on others.
With billions of dollars at stake, the ruling was big victory for Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer.
The case was one of the most closely watched Supreme Court business disputes in some time, in part because the justices hadn’t looked at the standards for certifying a class-action suit in more than 10 years.
The Supreme Court only decided whether the 10-year-old lawsuit could proceed to trial as a group, not the merits of the sex-discrimination allegations at the heart of the case.
Commenting on the ruling, the lawn firm Seyfarth Shaw posted on its Workplace Class Action blog: "The new roadmap is decidedly more favorable to employers than before. Employers should be upbeat in terms of the Supreme Court’s articulation of the required showings plaintiffs must make in the future to certify an employment discrimination class action. In short, the bar has been raised."
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TW Perry thinks beyond “green”
Gaithersburg, Md.-based pro dealer TW Perry is promoting understanding of green building and environmentally friendly materials with a back-to-basics educational program.
The six-unit TW Perry has received chain-of-custody certification by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and it recently hosted its third annual Green Building Workshop. According to CEO Michael Cassidy, as the company’s green education programs grow, they will focus on product application.
"We have done a lot of education on green," said Cassidy. "The next step is how to actually use the materials correctly."
According to Cassidy, good building technique and installation knowledge are bigger parts of the total green equation than the actual materials used.
"It’s not wind turbines, and it’s not solar panels, and it’s not collected rain water. It’s not fuel cells," he said. "It’s good basic building technique. Because an incredibly well recycled, super-environmental product that’s installed the wrong way will have a negative effect."
TW Perry’s Mike Moore, VP materials management, said the green education is a service to its customers — and an important service. "It’s educating our customers about positioning themselves to survive," he said. "The codes are changing, and they have to adapt. Green education is about using new materials that are coming out in the right way, and it’s positioning them to be a leader in their market."
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Water features, decorative lighting to lead L&G rebound
Demand for landscaping products in the United States is projected to increase 7.6% per year through 2015, according to a study just released by the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. Part of the rebound will be the result of a strong improvement from depressed sales following the 2007-to-2009 recession. Overall growth in landscaping products demand will also get a boost from the recovery in U.S. housing activity, including new construction and existing single-family home sales, the study said.
Gains in demand for decorative products, the largest segment with 44% of the market in 2010, will benefit from rapidly increasing interest in water features (e.g., ponds and fountains), as more property owners look to these items as a way of masking unwanted nearby noise and promoting tranquility. Decorative lighting will benefit from product developments featuring easy installation and energy-saving technology. This category is expected to grow by double digits through 2015, as decorative lights are used to accent pathways, statuary, green goods and water features.
Hardscapes will experience the fastest growth — 10% — through 2015, as consumers make upgrades to their outdoor living spaces. Concrete products will continue to account for the largest share of the hardscapes segment. Among concrete products, pavers are forecast to achieve double-digit annual growth, a result of the recovering housing market, as well as greater penetration of permeable types in ecologically sensitive locations. Pavers, as well as stones and boulders, are considered attractive and durable materials for constructing patios, walkways and surrounds for outdoor fireplaces, ponds and in-ground swimming pools. Despite many opportunities, hardscapes will continue to face competition from alternative products and structures, such as wood decking.
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