WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's ruling this week blocking a class-action gender-discrimination suit against Wal-Mart could thwart a similar suit against Costco Wholesale Corp., reports said. In the Wal-Mart case, the nation's top court found that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate that a discriminatory culture predominated throughout the company, even though Wal-Mart’s policy of leaving personnel matters to store managers' discretion might have resulted in individual cases of ...

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