In the Supreme Court's view, the proposed class would prove too unwieldy and diverse with as many as 1.6 million class participants—all current or former Wal-Mart employees—seeking a portion of billions of dollars in damages.
Individual lawsuits would result in smaller settlements overall, according to a bulletin this morning in The New York Times.
The decision could be considered a win for Wal-Mart, which would have likely faced larger compensation payouts with a class action v. lawsuits pursued by individual plaintiffs.
The Supreme Court ruling reversed a previous decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The ruling was unanimous.