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Wal-Mart OKs 90-day filing extension on gender-bias case

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San Francisco — Wal-Mart Stores said Friday it agreed that women planning potential gender-bias suits, after a group lawsuit was rejected by the Supreme Court, should get an extra 90 days to file their cases. Opposing lawyers are seeking to extend the filing deadline by 120 days.

According to Bloomberg on Friday, Wal-Mart attorney Theodore Boutrous told a federal judge in San Francisco that the company isn’t opposed to “start the clock fresh” on potential gender-bias claims that were blocked from being filed while Wal-Mart challenged the legality of the group lawsuit, the largest private gender-bias case — numbering over a million workers — in U.S. history.

The ruling is expected within the next day or two about whether or not to give potential plaintiffs until Oct. 20, the date favored by Wal-Mart, or Jan. 16, the date favored by lawyers representing current and former workers, to file new cases.

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Whole Foods launches charitable organization for children

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Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market announced Monday it is launching a charitable organization with a goal to provide children access to healthy foods.

Whole Kids Foundation, said the grocer, will work with schools, educators and other organizations to help improve children’s food choices.

The foundation’s first initiative is a program to help put in place or expand teaching gardens to help build children’s relationships with food through the power of gardening.

"We are excited to formalize our commitment to improving childhood nutrition and wellness through our new foundation," said Walter Robb, the company’s co-CEO and chairman of the foundation. "By collaborating with schools and parents, we believe we can increase fruit and vegetable consumption both at schools and at home and make a significant contribution in the fight against childhood obesity."

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Lowe’s names Reeves senior VP

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Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Cos. said Friday it has promoted M. Lee Reeves to senior VP, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary.

Reeves, who joined Lowe’s in 2004 as senior counsel, will lead the corporate transactions, intellectual property and information technology legal teams as a part of his new role.

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