Mass. court reinstates lawsuit against Wal-Mart

BOSTON (AP) -- The highest court in Massachusetts has reinstated a lawsuit against Wal-Mart by employees who claim the world's largest retailer pressured them to work off the clock and denied them rest and meal breaks.

In 2006, a Superior Court judge decertified the case as a class-action lawsuit representing 67,000 employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Massachusetts and dismissed many of its claims.

But the state's Supreme Judicial Court overturned that ruling on Tuesday and cleared the lawsuit to proceed as a class-action case, finding that the lower court was wrong to exclude testimony from a statistician whose data backed up employee claims.

The claims are similar to those made by Wal-Mart employees in other lawsuits around the country.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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