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WASHINGTON – By a single vote, retailer Wal-Mart escaped a class action that could have cost half a trillion and would have imposed court control on pay and promotions.

Five Supreme Court Justices ruled that Betty Dukes and others can't pursue claims for every woman Wal-Mart has employed since 1998, while four believed they should.

The five focused on differences among about a million and a half women, and the four focused on their common characteristic.

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