NEW YORK -- Drawn-out legal procedures in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores will only exacerbate the company's public-image issues, Adrianne Shapira, an analyst with Goldman Sachs here, said in a published note last week. She also said a settlement of the case "becomes more likely" once a re-hearing of a lower court decision by an expanded panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has taken place. The suit, filed in 2001 by six female ...

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