Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
BRAUN AND HUMMEL V. WAL-MART STORES, INC., CASE NOS. 3127 AND 3757 (PA. CT. C.P. PHILADELPHIA CO.)
In 2006, following a six-week trial, a Philadelphia jury found Wal-Mart failed to compensate its hourly employees for missed rest breaks and hours worked off-the-clock as mandated by its own corporate handbook and policies. Plaintiffs in this class action on behalf of 186,000 current and former hourly employees obtained a $78 million jury verdict against Wal-Mart and an express finding that Wal-Mart did not act in good faith in failing to pay class members for missed rest breaks and off the clock work.
On October 3, 2007, Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to pay an additional $62.3 million in statutory damages to 124,506 current and former Pennsylvania employees of the company from 2002 through May 2006 who were not paid when they worked during rest breaks.
On June 1, 2011, in a 211-page Opinion, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the $150 million judgment against Wal-Mart, and the three judge panel held that there was sufficient evidence in the record to conclude that Wal-Mart breached its contract with its hourly employees and violated the state's labor laws.
Thereafter, Wal-Mart sought leave to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In July 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted in part Wal-Mart's motion for leave to appeal. The parties are in the process of briefing the appeal.
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