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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wal-Mart Wins Again

A 3 judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down Maryland's health care law aimed only at Wal-Mart today.

It's not a surprise, Congress passed ERISA, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, to keep companies that operate in multiple states from having to navigate 50 different sets of rules on benefits for employees. Maryland knew that when they passed the law, but decided keeping labor unions happy was a better idea than following federal law.

So far every state that's tried passing a "Wal Mart" benefits law has lost the court battles over it. That hasn't stopped the folks from organized labor from asking more states to pass such laws, but hopefully another court loss will get states to realize that it's a losing proposition.

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