SAN FRANCISCO -- Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., won a delay of several months in the start of a trial in a gender-discrimination lawsuit here to allow its appeal of a class certification to proceed. A federal judge had certified the case as a class action in June, prompting Wal-Mart to appeal that ruling to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals here and asking that a trial not proceed until the appeal was heard. Last week's action by the U.S. District Court judge freezes all forward ...

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