SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals here has asked both sides in a gender-discrimination suit against Costco Wholesale Corp. to refine their arguments in the wake of last month's Supreme Court decision in a Wal-Mart Stores discrimination case. Attorneys for Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco and for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have been asked to file simultaneous briefs by late July. “We've been asked to tell the court what the decision in the Dukes case against Wal-Mart means ...

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