Wal-Mart not responsible for factory conditions

Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle

Workers in foreign factories that supply Wal-Mart can't blame the company for their alleged sweatshop conditions, despite the retail giant's code of conduct that's supposed to hold its contractors to decent labor standards, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco refused to reinstate a suit filed in 2005 by factory workers in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Swaziland and Nicaragua. They accused Wal-Mart of failing to enforce its code and winking at violations, while touting its standards to potential shoppers...

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