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Family Dollar chain hopes to benefit from Wal-Mart ruling (access required)

A class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against the Carolina-based Family Dollar chain of discount stores has been lingering in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte since 2008, but the case will reach a crossroads this week. At issue is whether the plaintiffs in Scott v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc. should be allowed to change their original complaint in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling earlier this year in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. will hear arguments Nov. 22 on the plaintiffs’ motion to amend and the defense’s motion to dismiss the class action. The fate of the case essentially hangs in the balance of Cogburn’s ruling.

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