Case Types and Using The Search
The Wal-Martligigation project is the largest single online source for cases specifically against Wal-Mart and its various subsidiaries. We have taken these cases and categorized then in over 100 topics, called a taxonomy. Below is a listing of each category and its subtopics. Listings in all upper case indicate the main categories except for obvious abbreviations.
Generally within each category, we have three types of cases-- original complaints, judgements and settlements, and appellate decisions. Cases with a prefix of A-D are complaint files, unless otherwise noted in the synopsis. The prefix indicates the year as follows: "A" = 2006, "B" = 2007, "C" = 2008, "D" = 2009. The "D" series also includes Petitions/Notice of Removal when they include basic information on the nature of the case as well as contact information on the attorneys involved and are noted as being such. Cases in the "wmlp" series are judgements/settlements that cover a span of years, mostly prior to 2001. The "OP" prefix indicates an appellate decision.
All cases other than the "OP" and "WMLP" series are PDF files containing copies of the actual court filings in each case. If you purchase an "OP" or "WMLP" series case, you will receive the original court citation to the case. Cost of an "OP" or "WMLP" file is $5.00 and all other case files are $10.00
Cases are delivered immediately by electronic download. Should you make a purchase, and not receive your download instruction via email within one hour, please read the "Support" page. Citations will be sent directly by email.
Using The Search
There are three types of searches you may do: search a category, search a topic, or search keywords. You can accomplish a fairly narrow search using topics, a more general search using categories, or a much wider search using keywords. For example, using keywords and entering "slip" or "fall" would yield all cases containing those words in their synopsis. However, using a category search, you could narrow that down to cases where a "slip and fall" occured while the plaintiff was entering the store. Using topics will narrow the search down further, and you may search for cases where a person suffered a "slip and fall" on tracked in water while entering the store.
Searching a category is done by selecting the radio button next to the category name and then clicking the "Search Category" button. Only one category may be searched at a time. The main category may often contain general cases in that category that do not fit easily into its topics or for which no topics have been designated.
Each category also has a drop-down list containing related topics within that category. These may be used to further refine your search to only cases within that topic. Category searchs and topic searches may not be done simultaneously, nor may you search more than one topic at a time. The topic lists are not multi-select. Selecting multiple topics from more than one category will yield only the first topic selected. To make a topic search, simply select your topic and click the "Search Category" button.
Keyword searches are made by simply entering a keyword into the search box and clicking the "Search Keyword" button. Keywords should be more than 4 characters long. You can use multiple keywords, but fewer is more effective. There is a help button ("?") next to the search box that gives further information on more advanced searching of keywords.
Disclaimer NoticeThe Wal-Mart Litigation Project has no affiliation with Wal-Mart (Walmart) itself.
The Wal-Mart Litigation Project is solely coordinated by Lewis L. Laska and has no affiliation with any other organization, institution or entity.
It has no affiliation with the company whose headquarters is in Bentonville, Arkansas and operates under the trade names Walmart,Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Associates Inc., Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Wal-Mart Stores East, Inc., Sam's Club, Sam's Wholesale Club, Sam's Club Members Only, Sam's Club We Mean Business, Sam's Club Membership Warehouse for Business and other companies related to Wal-Mart, or Claims Management Inc., Wal-Mart's captive insurer.
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