|US: Wal-Mart bank battle escalates|
August 29th, 2006
A battle over Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s effort to get into financial services might derail the growth of company-owned banks, as well as Utah's ambitions to become to such lenders what Delaware is to corporations.
|US: Suit Against Wal-Mart Is Narrowed|
August 29th, 2006
A federal judge Monday dismissed civil racketeering claims against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., narrowing the scope of a lawsuit that accused the retailer of knowingly employing illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
|CHINA: Wal-Mart Agrees to Unionization|
by David Barboza, The New York Times
August 9th, 2006
After years of fighting unionization efforts at its stores, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said today that it would work closely with Chinese officials to establish labor unions at all of its outlets here.
|US: Chicago Orders ‘Big Box’ Stores to Raise Wage|
by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times
July 26th, 2006
After months of fevered lobbying and bitter debate, the Chicago City Council passed a ground-breaking ordinance yesterday requiring “big box” stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits.
|US: Judge Gives Wal-Mart Reprieve on Benefits|
by Reed Abelson and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times
July 20th, 2006
In a setback to state efforts to force employers to provide more generous health benefits, a federal judge yesterday struck down a Maryland law that was aimed at the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores.
|UK: Wal-Mart Faces Asda Workers' Strike|
by Jonathan Birchall and Andrew Taylor, The Financial Times
June 22nd, 2006
Wal-Mart is facing the threat of a potentially damaging strike at Asda, the UK subsidiary that accounts for about 40 per cent of its international sales, in a dispute with one of the country's largest unions over bargaining rights.
|US: Wal-Mart Likes Chicago, But Not City's Wage Plan|
by Gary Washburn, Chicago Tribune
June 13th, 2006
A Wal-Mart official said Monday that his firm could be interested in building "10 or 20" stores on city sites during the next five years, but he added that passage of a minimum wage measure by Chicago's City Council could have a chilling effect on the company's plans.
|US: Fendi sues Wal-Mart over fake handbags|
June 11th, 2006
Italian fashion group Fendi S.R.L. sued Wal-Mart Stores in U.S. federal court on Friday, accusing the world's largest retailer of selling counterfeit handbags and passing them off as genuine at its Sam's Club warehouse stores.
|US: Three Restaurant Executives Will Admit Fraud Charges|
by Floyd Norris, The New York Times
June 8th, 2006
Three former top officers of Buca Inc., an operator of Italian restaurants, have agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges in connection with a scheme to create false profits for Buca and allow executives to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for a wide range of expenses including the use of an Italian villa and visits to strip clubs.
|US: Biggest pension fund boycotts Wal-Mart|
by Terry Macalister, The Guardian
June 7th, 2006
Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer and owner of the Asda supermarket chain, is being boycotted by the world's largest pension fund for alleged "serious and systematic" abuses of human and employment rights.