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An appeals court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores employees in Florida can't sue the company for overtime pay as a group, upholding a lower court's decision from earlier this year.

Current and former Wal-Mart employees in Florida sued the company for uncompensated "off the clock" overtime pay. They sought to have their case certified as a class-action lawsuit.

The appeals court in Tallahassee, Fla., last week upheld a ruling that a class action couldn't include every current and former Florida employee because that group "includes members who never worked off the clock and therefore have no interest in the suit." District Judge Ricky Polston said the investors can still define a class of plaintiffs that meets the court's requirements.

--Bloomberg News

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