LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Some 15 to 20 ordinances and a handful of lawsuits have been filed in California opposing Wal-Mart Stores' supercenter format. Among the most prominent is the Los Angeles City Council's proposed ban, which contends the large formats create traffic jams and environmental hazards, and drive down salaries for middle-class workers. Unions have backed several of the lawsuits. The Bentonville, Ark., retailer has vowed to fight the ordinances, and in some cases has been ...

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