Lawsuit Claims Wal-Mart Should Sell Pill
Boston, Mass., Three women plan to file a lawsuit against a Massachusetts Wal-Mart for failing to stock and sell a prescription emergency contraception pill called Plan B, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Backed by abortion-rights advocates Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and Jane Doe Inc., the women plan to argue that refusing to fill a legal prescription for Plan B violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sarah Clark said the company doesn’t carry a number of products, including Plan B, ‘for business reasons” but didn’t elaborate why.
Clark said the Massachusetts pharmacy will stock the morning-after pill if the retailer receives a directive to do so either from the Massachusetts Pharmacy Board or the state attorney general.
All other major pharmacy chains operating in the state carry Plan B, but, according to the Boston Globe, no specific state law requires a pharmacy to fill such a prescription.
Super Bowl Spending Down
Washington, D.C., The nation’s consumers are expected to spend $5.3 billion on Super Bowl XL, a projection down about 5.4% from the $5.6 billion spent in 2005, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The game, featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks, is set for this Sunday.
Krugman said that consumers are expected to buy 1.7 million new televisions in time for the big game.
Ralphs Pleads Not Guilty
Los Angeles, Supermarket retailer Ralphs pleaded not guilty Monday to allegedly hiring and paying workers under fake names during a Southern California grocery strike and lockout in the fall of 2003.
Ralphs faces federal charges including Social Security number and identity fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The trial is set for March 28.