U.S. judge questions validity of Wal-Mart gender suit
According to a report by Reuters, that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday said he was "seriously concerned" about whether the female plaintiffs suing Wal-Mart Stores have sufficient evidence to proceed with their re-filed gender discrimination lawsuit.
The group is again filing suit against Wal-Mart for allegedly denying them pay raises and promotions for gender-related reasons. The original class action suit of as many as 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employers was dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
The group filed a reformulated lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court in October, saying they were confining their allegations to California.
At the Friday hearing, Breyer said the plaintiffs could only move forward with a refiled lawsuit if they could show new evidence to overcome the Supreme Court’s criticisms. And Breyer said he had "difficulty" seeing where the plaintiffs had come up with that evidence.
Lowe’s pulls out of Florida project near Tampa
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Lowe’s will not build a planned store in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based retailer reportedly invested some $3 million in the project, which was four years in the making, but decided the project wasn’t in the company’s best interest.
Lowe’s operates 120 stores in the state of Florida, according to the company’s website.
Former Home Depot exec moves on to sporting goods
Sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports hired Scott J. Bowman as CFO and senior VP. Bowman was CFO for the northern division of The Home Depot since 2006.
Bowman also served in the role of senior director, finance and IT with the world’s largest home improvement retailer. He was with Home Depot since 2006. Prior to that, Bowman worked for The Sherwin-Williams Co.
At Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett, Bowman will replace Gary Smith, who is retiring. The move is effective July 9.
In late May, Hibbett added Tractor Supply Co.’s CFO Anthony Crudele to its board of directors.