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Extortion Case Against Walmart, Others, Dismissed

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused Walmart and six other retailers of extortion. The lawsuit claimed the retailers illegally forced accused shoplifters to take “restorative justice” at a high cost or face being reported to police.

In a decision late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, found no proof of a nationwide conspiracy to steer accused shoplifters into paying $400 up front or $500 in installments for the classes from Utah-based Corrective Education Co, and admitting guilt, to avoid prosecution.

Read more at Reuters.