A comprehensive review of class-action rulings last year reveals that a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a 2011 Wal-Mart case has had a substantial influence in discrimination matters.

However, the law firm that produced the review cautions that the pendulum could be about to swing the other way as lawyers adjust to the ruling.

The Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, an annual publication by the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, examined 1,123 class-action rulings on a circuit-by-circuit and state-by-state basis handed down in 2013 by federal and state courts. The actions included private plaintiff and government enforcement actions.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.