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The Associated Press reports this morning that a federal jury in Oregon has returned a mixed verdict in a case alleging that Wal-Mart forced employees to work unpaid overtime.

The jury looked at each case individually, and ruled that 83 workers deserve to be paid for the overtime hours, though the exact level of compensations has not been set.

Twenty-five other employees, however, were denied any compensation by the jury.

The decision comes more than a year after a different federal jury in Oregon ruled that employees at 18 Oregon stores work unpaid overtime from 1994 to 1999.

There are more than 30 similar cases pending nationwide.

Wal-Mart, while saying it was disappointed in the result, nonetheless pointed out that of more than 15,000 employees solicited to take part in the suit, 425 agreed and 108 went to a jury to decide an award.
KC's View:
For Wal-Mart, protest though it may, even this sort of verdict must make it breathe a long sigh of relief.

It could have been a lot worse.