The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the Walmart employee discrimination case, described as the largest case of its type in U.S. history.
The question before the court is not whether there was discrimination but rather whether the claims by the individual employees may be combined as a class action. The court’s decision on that issue will almost certainly affect all sorts of class-action suits, including ones asserting antitrust, securities and product liability, as well as other claims.
The case is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, No. 10-277. Scotusblog has more.