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    COMPETITIVE WATCH: Wal-Mart Still Dogged by Labor Issues

    $78 million judgment comes as retailer tries to burnish its image.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart must pay at least $78 million for violating Pennsylvania state labor laws by forcing employees to work through rest breaks and off the clock. The class-action suit involves 187,000 current and former employees of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in Pennsylvania from March 1998 to May 2006. The verdict comes after the retailer has been courting better press for lowering generic drug costs and committing to sustainable and responsible energy usage.

    The suit is one of many wage and hour suits that have been filed in the United States against Wal-Mart.

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