On December 6, 2010, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a class action appeal in the Wal-Mart Stores employment discrimination case, one claiming that the company discriminated against a huge number of current and former Wal-Mart women employees in both pay and promotion. This is the biggest employment discrimination case in U.S. history and seeks billions of dollars in back pay and promotions resulting from Wal-Mart’s ongoing discrimination against these women.
The European Union recently published new revised rules regarding the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements (i.e. agreements concluded between competitors). These new modifications primarily concern issues of standardization, information exchange, and research and development (“R&D”). Now, businesses operating in the EU may better assess their compliance with EU antitrust law to avoid penalties and litigation. The new regulations come in two parts: (1) a set of “Horizontal Guidelines” and (2) pair of Block Exemption Regulations (“BERs”).