An Oakland, Calif., jury Thursday whacked Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with a $172 million verdict — including $115 million in punitive damages — for failing to provide a class of about 200,000 employees with legally-mandated meal breaks.

The verdict, said Frederick Furth, who represented the plaintiff class with three other lawyers at the Furth Firm, is the largest ever in a meal-break class action in California.

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