BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here has been ordered by an Arkansas jury to pay $50 million in damages to three businessmen for allegedly taking their ideas on how to boost sales at Sam's Club without compensating them. 1999 charged that Wal-Mart adopted ideas proposed by their Little Rock, Ark.-based company, P.O. Market Inc., without paying them for the ideas. Their ideas, which the plaintiff said they discussed with Wal-Mart executives in 1992 and 1993, involved offering credit to ...

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