Wal-Mart may have felt the first aftershock of the Supreme Court’s March 2016 opinion in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, which undercut overbroad interpretations of its landmark 2011 Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision and found that representative sampling of absent class members is not a per se improper method of establishing class-wide liability or damages.

WalmartLast month Walmart was hit, in headline making fashion, with a massive $31.2 million verdict in a New Hampshire disability and gender discrimination case.  What makes this verdict particularly news-worthy is not only its size, but also the fact that the plaintiff was a pharmacist at Walmart, and not an executive earning a six-figure salary.