A federal grand jury investigation into the alleged use of illegal immigrants as janitors by contractors hired by Wal-Mart Stores thrusts into the national spotlight an issue that has also bedeviled supermarkets in recent years -- the question of how much legal responsibility a retailer has for the misdeeds of a contractor. Along with the Wal-Mart inquiry, a class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this month by several of the janitors. Across the economy, contractors and subcontractors have ...

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