Wal-Mart Stores Inc suffered a legal setback in its attempt to head off the biggest sexual discrimination case in U.S. history when an appeals court on Tuesday allowed the case to remain a class-action lawsuit.
The plaintiffs estimated they could win billions of dollars in lost pay and damages and that as many as 2 million women who have worked for Wal-Mart in its U.S. stores since 1998 could join the suit.
But the court left open the option for Wal-Mart to file a new petition for a rehearing, and Wal-Mart attorney Theodore Boutrous said the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer intends to do so.
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