Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes: Supreme Court Strikes Down Nationwide Sex Discrimination Class Action

June 21, 2011
In a highly anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow plaintiffs to sue Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on behalf of a class of approximately 1.5 million current and former female employees. The Court’s opinion reinvigorates the rigorous requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 governing class actions and will affect class action litigation for years to come. This update examines the Court’s decision and its implications for future class actions in the employment context and other areas of the law.