By Andy Volin
A federal court in Florida has dismissed class action gender discrimination claims against Wal-Mart, ruling that the class action allegations are barred by the statute of limitations. After the Supreme Court’s 2011 ruling in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes that a nationwide class action could not be maintained because there was no national policy that impacted the female workers , the employees filed the Florida case (and several others like it around the country) as a regional class action. Wal-Mart has successfully argued in several of the mini-Dukes cases that the Dukes case only tolled the statute of limitations for the individual claims, and not the class action allegations, so that these “second try” class actions have been filed too late. Love v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 12-61959-RNS (S.D. Fla. Sept. 23, 2013).