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A Walmart location in San Jose, California. The Bentonville-based retail giant has launched the Walmart Healthcare Research Institute SM to add clinical trials to its health care portfolio. 
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Walmart Hit With $19.3M Jury Verdict in Hand Sanitizer Case

The Bentonville retailer abruptly canceled a supplier’s contract in the early stages of the pandemic. read more >
A Walmart location in Indianapolis
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Walmart Won’t Fill General Counsel Position

Karen Roberts had been Walmart’s executive vice president and general counsel since December 2012. read more >
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Walmart Ordered to Pay Oregon Man $4.4M for Racial Profiling

According to a lawsuit, a Walmart employee "spied" on Dovey Mangum while shopping, ordered him to leave and called police when he refused. read more >
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Decision Still Pending in Case Against WalmartLock Icon

U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. said in an order that for administrative purposes, Zest’s motions for attorneys’ fees and costs were terminated pending his ruling on Walmart’s motion for a new trial. read more >
Tim Webb, a 31-year Walmart employee before being laid off in 2017, was asked to sign over to Walmart patents for devices he invented and submitted through a company incentive program. His lawyer, Mark Henry, had seen Walmart’s discovery responses before.
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Legal Discovery Often Hits Walmart WallLock Icon

Walmart faces allegations that its abuse of the discovery process, a reliable legal tactic, clogs the process even more frequently than other top companies. read more >
A Walmart in the San Francisco Bay area 
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California Sues Walmart Over Disposal of Hazardous Waste

The company called the lawsuit "unjustified." read more >
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$115M Judgment Against Walmart on IceLock Icon

U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. last month put a $115 million judgment against Walmart Inc. on hold “until further notice by the Court.” read more >
Walmart at 700 Bowman Road in west Little Rock
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Walmart to Pay $300K of $125M Jury Award

A recent Wisconsin jury award of $125 million against Walmart Inc. for failing to accommodate a longtime employee with Down syndrome will be lowered to $300,000, the maximum amount allowed under federal law. read more >
In the lawsuit filled by Ecoark Holdings Inc. of San Antonio, and its subsidiary, Zest Labs Inc. of San Jose, California, against Walmart Inc., several court documents have been filed under seal or with sections redacted.
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Walmart’s Trial Over Alleged Stolen TechLock Icon

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville stands accused in a Little Rock courtroom of stealing another company’s technology, and it’s not the first such allegation the world’s largest retailer has faced in recent years. read more >
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Walmart Workers Seek Pay for COVID-19 Screenings

Walmart employees in several states are suing their employer, alleging they weren’t paid for the time they spent submitting to mandatory COVID-19 screenings before their shifts. read more >
Shane Perry's lawsuit against Walmart says his refusal to alter a memo about Walmart de Mexico led to lies alleging child abuse and dishonesty.
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Former Walmart Lawyer Says His Firing Was PunishmentLock Icon

A former in-house attorney for Walmart Inc. said he knew in February 2017 that his career at the Bentonville retailer was coming to an end when he refused to make changes to a memo he had written years earlier about a bribery investigation in Mexico. read more >
William Robert Fields
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Former Walmart Executive Bill Fields Dies at 70

Former Walmart Inc. executive William Robert "Bill" Fields, who was an early mentor to CEO Doug McMillon, died in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 16. He was 70. read more >
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Business Worry: Will Gunfire Victims Sue?

A couple wounded last month in a mass shooting at a Texas Walmart filed suit against the Bentonville retailer, becoming the latest shooting victims to sue a business for failing to protect them. read more >
Robert Jennings is founder of Get Trained Be Ready of Searcy, one of two companies licensed by the state to provide active shooter response training to private enterprises, according to the Arkansas State Police.  “The faster that somebody who is armed and trained can engage, the sooner it’s over,” he says.
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Walmart, Guns and MoneyLock Icon

After two fatal shootings and several threats, Walmart finds itself a focus in America's bitter gun debate. The company, founded by an avid hunter and incubated in gun-loving Arkansas, sells 2% of the nation's firearms and 20% of its ammunition; still, you might be surprised by changes it has already made. read more >
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Walmart Sex Bias Case Dealt Blow

A federal judge in Florida ruled earlier this month that 79 women with claims of sex discrimination against Walmart must file their cases against the Bentonville retailer as individual lawsuits, rather than as a group. read more >
Mark M. Henry, a registered patent attorney, won a $12.4 million verdict against Wal-Mart for a California web design firm.
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Judge Slashes $12.4M Award Against WalmartLock Icon

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy L. Brooks last month reduced the amount a jury awarded last year to a Southern California digital design firm against Walmart Inc. to just $745,000. read more >
Tyson Foods Inc. Chairman John Tyson ranked No. 1 among executives at Arkansas’ publicly traded companies who used corporate jets for personal trips. President and CEO Tom Hayes ranked No. 3.
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In Personal Use of Company Jets, Tyson SoarsLock Icon

Arkansas Business reviewed proxy documents from 17 publicly traded companies based in Arkansas to report on those that offer executives the perk of using the company jet for personal trips. read more >
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Tax Changes: The Good, Bad and QuirkyLock Icon

Arkansas Business asked a panel of tax experts for insights on the new code, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump in late December. After hitting the highlights, they delved into provisions that surprised them. read more >
A 1973 aerial view of the Wal-Mart Home Office in Bentonville.
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Wal-Mart’s New Headquarters: Tradition, Not FrillsLock Icon

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its new headquarters campus on 350 acres in Bentonville will be all about efficiency and not ego. read more >
Mark M. Henry said Wal-Mart executive Tal Herman initially tried to hire Cuker for the Walmart2Go project and then changed his mind.
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Fayetteville Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against Wal-Mart, Saying It Abused ProcessLock Icon

Fayetteville attorney Mark Henry last week asked a federal judge to sanction Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for alleged discovery abuses throughout the case involving Cuker Interactive LLC of San Diego. read more >