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  •  i don't know if this has been noted yet, (1+ / 0-)
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    but what wal-mart is attempting is comparable to a SLAAP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation), which has been ruled a violation of free speech rights, and can result in attorneys being fined, sanctioned or even being booted from the bar. the client can find itself on the wrong end of a judge's ire as well, fined and possibly having an officer end up in a jail cell, on a contempt charge.

    most judges do not take kindly to their courtrooms being used as an end-run around the constitution, which is what threatening someone, for asserting their civil rights, is. the walton clan has lots and lots of money, none of which will keep them out of jail, if they piss off the wrong judge.

    •  Wal-Mart (0+ / 0-)

      has filed an National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative complaint,  which is different from a court suit.

      The NLRB can simply decline to issue the complaint.  I cannot imagine the legal basis for Wal-Mart's filing, since  labor law strongly protects picketing for publicity.

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