Pa. appeals court upholds $188M verdict v. Walmart

By MARK SCOLFORO | June 10, 2011 | 6:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court is upholding a $188 million class-action verdict against Walmart and Sam's Club over payment to employees for rest breaks and off-the-clock work.

The ruling issued by a three-judge Superior Court panel on Friday said there was sufficient evidence at trial to conclude there had been a breach of contract, unjust enrichment and violations of state labor laws.

The judges also say the presiding Philadelphia judge miscalculated some of the plaintiffs' legal fees.

Messages left for lawyers involved in the case and with Walmart's corporate offices weren't immediately returned.