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Dakota County judge rules against Wal-Mart

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A judge has ruled against Wal-Mart in a class-action lawsuit, saying the discount retailer violated state labor laws two million times by cutting workers' break times and "willfully" allowing employees to work off the clock.

Dakota County Judge Robert King Jr. ordered Wal-Mart to pay $6.5 million in compensatory damages Monday, but Wal-Mart could end up paying more than $2 billion after a jury in October considers civil penalties and punitive damages.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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