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Wal-Mart stores inc. long has had its detractors, but this has got to sting. In a class action alleging denial of full meal and rest breaks to employees, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein reached for a police-state analogy. He rejected the defense argument that the Pennsylvania class should not be certified because several workers had given deposition testimony explaining away time sheet discrepancies. “Although this court was offered a few carefully selected snippets of videotaped deposition testimony, it is certainly improper to decide credibility on this basis,” Bernstein wrote. “One need only recall the symbolic placement of the middle finger of the captured crew members of the USS Pueblo in photographs displayed by their North Korean captors along with their ‘confessions,’ ” he added, “ to recognize the need to observe all the testimony of current employees testifying under their employer’s watchful eye that they voluntarily worked off-the-clock without pay because of their devotion to the ideal of corporate profitability through customer satisfaction.” -The Legal Intelligencer It’s the principle The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will take a close look at the short-shorts and tight tank tops of the “Hooters Girls” to decide whether the outfits merit trade dress protection. U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway in Orlando, Fla., has ruled that the “Hooters Girl” persona is “primarily functional” and therefore not entitled to trade dress protection. Hooters of America Inc. had brought claims against Ker’s Winghouse, a Florida chain founded by former Dallas Cowboys lineman Crawford Ker. His “Winghouse Girls” wear black tank tops and black running shorts, while the Hooters Girls sport white tops and orange shorts, but that doesn’t constitute “a knockoff,” Conway said. Hooters argued that there are numerous alternative ways of using scantily clad women to sell food. “We didn’t have any problem with him putting girls in cheerleader outfits with the pom-poms,” said Hooters counsel Steven G. Hill. -Fulton County Daily Report Fried for short A PETA staffer has legally changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com. Chris Garnett, 19, said he acted in support of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ anti-KFC campaign. “People don’t believe me at first when I tell them my name, but it never fails to spark a discussion,” he said. “Many vow to boycott KFC after I explain the company’s indifference to cruelty to animals.” KFC’s parent firm denies any cruelty. Stacked star and PETA supporter Pamela Anderson looked to a better day. “I’m sure Chris can’t wait ’till KFC stops torturing chickens so he can change his name back,” she said. -Associated Press

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