Wal-Mart loses $187 million appeal


Wal-Mart Stores Inc has lost its appeal of most of a $187.6 million verdict for Pennsylvania hourly workers who accused the world’s largest retailer of denying them meal and rest breaks.

A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on Friday said there was sufficient evidence for Philadelphia jurors in 2006 to conclude that Wal-Mart’s practices violated state wage and hour laws. It also said Wal-Mart’s own internal review uncovered violations regarding “off-the-clock” work.

I’m glad to see the government helping to ensure protections for these workers. The “free market” (not that we have one) could never have corrected this wrong. Indeed, this isn’t even a wrong in the eyes of free market capitalists. Only government has the power to fix these sort of large-scale abuses that would so easily go by the wayside otherwise. Thank goodness it’s here.