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Wal-Mart worker group seeks Scalia’s recusal from gender-bias case

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. — A Wednesday report by Bloomberg said that Wal-Mart Watch, a union-funded group that advocates for Wal-Mart Stores workers, said Justice Antonin Scalia should disqualify himself when the U.S. Supreme Court considers the company’s bid to derail a gender-bias suit on behalf of potentially one million employees.

According to the report, Wal-Mart Watch said recusal was warranted because Scalia’s son Eugene has represented Wal-Mart in other cases. Eugene Scalia is co-chairman of the labor and employment practice group at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the Los Angeles- based firm representing Wal-Mart in the discrimination case.

The justices will hear arguments in the case on March 29. A federal appeals court approved a single suit to cover women who worked at the 4,400 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores since 2001. Wal-Mart has argued that the lower court made it too easy for workers with different job histories to band together in a single case.

Wal-Mart is facing billions of dollars in potential liability in the case.

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Orchard Supply names new CEO

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San Jose, Calif. — Orchard Supply Hardware on Monday named Mark Baker president and CEO. Baker will also join the Orchard Supply’s board.

In December the company announced it was looking for a replacement for then-CEO Rob Lynch, who resigned.

Baker was most recently president and COO of The Scotts Miracle-Gro. Before that he worked in various roles at The Home Depot and was CEO of Gander Mountain Co.

Orchard Supply’s two largest shareholders are Sears Holdings Corp., which has a controlling stake, and an affiliate of the private equity group at Ares Management LLC.

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Report: American Eagle looking for new chief executive

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New York City — American Eagle Outfitters is looking for a new chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported.

James O’Donnell, 70, has been CEO since 2003 and is said to be retiring, according to the report. Chairman Jay Schottenstein, a longtime retailer who also chairs the board of discount footwear chain DSW, is heading the board’s search. Schottenstein was CEO of the company from 1992 to 2002.

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