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New development in the class-action gender-discrimination lawsuit filed against Walmart a few months ago: the company has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court claiming that the "class action certification" violates the company's rights and contradicts previous court decisions. "It is important to remember that the Ninth Circuit's opinion dealt only with class certification, not with the merits of the lawsuit," said a statement. "Wal-Mart is an excellent place for women to work and has been recognized as a leader in fostering the advancement and success of women in the workplace." Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 female former employees are suing the retailer, alleging that Walmart systematically paid women less and promoted them less frequently than male employees. [WWD]