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A proposed class action suit brought against accounting giant KPMG alleging systemic job discrimination against female employees was unable to clear the hurdles established by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark 2011 decision, Walmart Stores v. Dukes, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield of the Southern District of New York has ruled.

In a 61-page decision, Schofield said the long-standing case, filed just ahead of the Walmart Stores ruling, was undone by the firm’s decentralized system of determining pay and promotion in the years since the Walmart Stores decision. The judge noted KPMG’s system was “reminiscent” of the one Walmart deployed.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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