Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. — $7.5 Million Class Settlement

UPDATE 2/1/2017—Class members have until March 20, 2017 to submit claim forms to receive payments in the $7.5 million class action settlement in Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., an action brought by former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers, including Outten & Golden LLP, challenging Walmart’s lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014. On December 22, 2016, Judge William Young granted preliminary approval of the settlement.

Claim Forms and the Class Notice can be found here.

The $7.5 million proposed settlement would pay for claims by Walmart associates in the United States and Puerto Rico that they were unable to obtain health insurance coverage for their same-sex spouses from Walmart from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2013, as well as the costs of administering the settlement and legal fees and expenses. In 2014, Walmart voluntarily made the same health insurance benefits available to same-sex spouses of its associates that it offered to opposite-sex spouses. As part of the proposed settlement, Walmart commits to continuing to do so in the future.

If you would like to know more about your rights, we would be happy to speak with you.  Please email Peter Romer-Friedman, Juno Turner, or Sally Abrahamson, or call (212) 245-1000 for more information.

Outten & Golden is serving as co-counsel in this action with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and Arnold & Porter LLP.

Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Preliminary Approval Motion

Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Class Certification Motion

Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Settlement Agreement

Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Press Release


(Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)