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The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Walmart “is fighting back against a longtime corporate-sabotage campaign undertaken by grocery competitors to slow its growth.

“The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer recently asked judges to require its opponents to disclose who is footing the legal bills in four out of the dozens of California lawsuits against Wal-Mart that have helped delay the company's expansion. Lawyers for Wal-Mart want to know if the protracted environmental suits have been funded not by grass-roots activists, as the company long thought, but rather by competitors.”

Last June, the Journal reported that in numerous markets where Walmart has faced local resistance to its expansion from residents and union groups, some of those anti-development campaigns actually were run by an organization called Saint Consulting Group and funded by some of its biggest competitors, such as Supervalu, Safeway and Ahold.
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