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  • Newsday reports that a US District Court judge has tossed out a motion by Wal-Mart looking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of illegal immigrant janitors charging that the retailer deprived them of overtime pay.

    The janitors are among those who were arrested two years ago when authorities raided Wal-Mart stores around the country.

    However, the judge also ruled that Wal-Mart could not be accused of subjecting the men to involuntary servitude, and threw out a charge that Wal-Mart was guilty of racketeering.

    Wal-Mart has already agreed to pay an $11 million civil fine to end a federal probe into the use of illegal immigrants at stores in 21 states.

  • There are reports in the British media that Andy Bond, CEO of the Wal-Mart-owned Asda Group there, has ordered an investigation into what he views as being a startling statistic – that some 50,000 of his employees do their weekly food shopping elsewhere, even though the get a 10 percent discount on all Asda purchases.

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