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  • Wal-Mart has hired Tom Gean, the federal prosecutor for the Western District of Arkansas, to be its new legal compliance officer.

    Gean's job will be to deal with legal issues raised by a rash of discrimination lawsuits and a federal investigation into the alleged use of illegal workers at some Wal-Mart stores.

KC's View:
Gee, wasn't it just earlier this week that Wal-Mart announced that it was hiring John Peter Suarez, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance to be the general counsel for the company's Sam's Club division?

We always joke that Wal-Mart is bigger than most countries…and now it looks like it is trying to assemble a legal staff suitable for a country.

If it starts hiring retired generals and ambassadors, we'll know we're in trouble.