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Al Norman
Al Norman achieved national attention in October of 1993 when he successfully stopped Wal-Mart from locating in his hometown of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Since then he has appeared on 60 Minutes, and gained widespread media attention from the Wall Street Journal to Forbes magazine, which called Al Wal-Mart's #1 Enemy. 60 Minutes called Al "the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement." Al was a consultant for the film "The High Cost of Low Prices," and was featured in the films "Store Wars," "Wal-Mart Nation," and "Up Against The Wal." His website is His latest book is Occupy Walmart, which was released in May of 2012.

Entries by Al Norman

Sex Discrimination At Wal-Mart: The "Bitches" Lawsuit That Just Won't Die

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 6:33 PM

By Al Norman

In a relatively quiet court filing on July 15th, 5 woman who sued Wal-Mart 15 years ago for sex discrimination in employment, "reached a confidential settlement" with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and voluntarily agreed to dismiss their claims. Their 2001 lawsuit launched a...

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Sex Discrimination Wal-Mart: The 'Bitches' Story That Won't Go Away

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 1:06 PM

In a relatively quiet court filing on July 15th, 5 women who sued Wal-Mart 15 years ago for sex discrimination in employment,  “reached a confidential settlement”  with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and voluntarily agreed to dismiss their claims. Their 2001 lawsuit launched  a class action lawsuit with 1.5...

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Walmart Shareholders: Your Annual Meeting This Week Is Rigged

(11) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 6:25 PM

If you think presidential elections are rigged, watch Wal-Mart's annual meeting this Friday.

I bought one share of Wal-Mart stock in 1994 as a way to keep an eye on the company. As a shareholder, I have a right to go to Bud Walton Arena on the campus of the...

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Surfing Wal-Mart's Crime Wave

(58) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 7:09 PM

By Al Norman

In Atlanta, Georgia, a 53 year old black man is beaten and handcuffed by an off-duty cop working for Wal-Mart, for allegedly stealing a 38 cent tomato. When the shopper produced a receipt, the charges against him were dropped. He is now suing Wal-Mart.


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Has Wal-Mart Finally Hit the Saturation Point?

(66) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 1:49 PM

By Al Norman

BENTONVILLE, AR. Wal-Mart headquarters announced January 15th that the company will close a total of 269 stores world-wide, of which 154 are locations in the U.S. This store implosion represents the end of the line for Wal-Mart's smallest format, the so-called Wal-Mart Express. But it...

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Transgender Employee Sues Wal-Mart

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Wal-Mart has a larger collection of lawsuits than men's suits.

They've got wage and hour lawsuits, gender discrimination lawsuits, disability discrimination lawsuits, racial discrimination lawsuits, and age discrimination lawsuits. The giant retailer has a small army of in-house lawyers and hired...

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Wal-Mart Chief Wants More Worker "Ownership"

(10) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 7:56 AM

It's not what you think.

On October 14th, Wal-Mart conducted its 22nd Annual Meeting for the Investment Community, featuring 5 of its top management, and 14 analysts from companies like Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo.

In his introductory remarks, CEO Doug McMillon referred to...

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Woman Pistol-Whipped in Parking Lot, Sues Walmart

(339) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 8:19 AM

October 14, 2012 is the last day Maria Sklias of Tucson, Arizona ever shopped at Wal-Mart.

Then 58 years old, the Tucson businesswoman parked her car in the Wal-Mart lot at 455 East Wetmore Road around 8 p.m., exited her car and starting walking towards the store's entrance. She never...

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Banned From 4,540 Walmarts

(488) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 3:22 PM

On April 9, 2015, Wanda M. was banned from Walmart. Wanda signed a document entitled "Notification of Restriction from Property," which reads:

Walmart can prohibit individuals from entering its property who interfere with its business, shoplift, destroy property or otherwise behave in a manner that is unacceptable to Walmart. Walmart...
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Woman-Owned Vest Company Gets Soaked by Shark Tank and Walmart

(157) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 7:19 AM

On January 13, 2015, entrepreneur Michael Wooley appeared on Episode 607 of ABC's Shark Tank, seeking a $50,000 investment in exchange for 10 percent of his company, Vestpakz. Although several Sharks said they "loved the product," it took them less than 10 minutes to shred the entrepreneur. No...

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Bad Casting: Geena Davis In Wal-Mart Film Festival

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 7:50 PM

It sure didn't take much to buy off actor/gender rights activist Geena Davis, who is collaborating with Wal-Mart on the first Bentonville Film Festival.

On January 6th, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media announced that Davis will be chairing the Bentonville Film Festival...

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Wal-Mart's Vigilante Justice Against Suspected Shoplifters

(137) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:33 AM

By Al Norman

After spending the last six months in jail, Kenneth C. Moureau will enter an El Cajon, California Superior Courtroom on July 22nd. to fight charges that he stole $86.37 from a Wal-Mart store in Santee, California. He faces up to 9 years in jail on assault with...

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Shareholders Pressure Wal-Mart for Lobbying Disclosure

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 2:50 PM

On June 6, the Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, will be transformed into a gladiator pit at Wal-Mart's annual meeting, where shareholders will do battle with the Walton heirs on four resolutions that challenge how the giant retailer does business. While the outcome of the vote is in little...

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Wal-Mart 'Express' Crushes Small Texas Towns

(8) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Wal-Mart is pushing its smallest "Express" stores into a series of tiny Texas towns that are hungry for anything they can tax. Clyde, Anson, Albany, Haskell and Winters all are on the Wal-Mart Express.

But in one drought-ravaged little town, the promise of an Express store is more about...

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Wal-Mart Developer Files "Shill" Lawsuit Against Food Workers Union

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 8:09 AM

A Pennsylvania-based developer is suing a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local for $1.5 million, alleging the union is using a "Shill Strategy" to line up neighbors to block his proposed Wal-Mart superstore.

The developer, Peter Abrams, doing business as ARD Hamilton, LLC, has a lease...

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Can Portlandians Starve Wal-Mart?

(21) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Is it possible to starve a Wal-Mart superstore?

Residents in Tigard, Oregon, a small suburb of Portland, want to find out. After their City Council quietly swapped a planned Target for a Wal-Mart, citizens refused to take 'done deal' as the final word.

Usually when a city approves a Wal-Mart...

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Town in Michigan Whacks Homeowners for Appealing Wal-Mart Decision

(13) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:10 PM

A tiny community on the western edge of Michigan has placed a high price tag on the First Amendment in order to protect the Walton family.

According to angry homeowners in Whitehall Township, Michigan (pop. 1,739), local officials are trying to choke off residents' right to petition government for...

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Walmart vs. Windy: The Sound of Lies

(8) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Walmart likes to say "our people make the difference."

Aubretia Maria Edick is one of those Walmart people who wants to 'make a difference' in how her employer treats its 1.3 million American workers.

Aubretia, 63, who was born in England, still uses the nickname "Windy," which her younger brother...

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Wal-Mart's 'Invisible Army' of Lobbyists

(29) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Wal-Mart faces many threats to its ongoing profitability. That's why it employs two platoons worth of lobbyists, and spends millions of dollars annually to minimize the dangers from government policy.

Every year Wal-Mart is required to list out for the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) the 'risk factors'...

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What I Learned on the Bus to Bentonville

(12) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 8:52 AM

The town square in Bentonville, Arkansas was filled with an estimated 2,000 people wearing yellow rain slickers that said "Wal-Mart -- Not in My Neighborhood." I was invited to speak at the anti-Wal-Mart rally sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. I flew from Western Massachusetts to...

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