SAN FRANCISCO -- Wal-Mart Store's public relations headache reached migraine status last week as a federal judge here cleared the way for the largest gender-discrimination lawsuit against a U.S. company to date, potentially encompassing 1.6 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees. If Wal-Mart loses or settles the case, punitive and lost-wage damages could surpass the $1 billion mark, according to the plaintiffs' lawyers and financial analysts. The response of the world's ...

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