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• The Huffington Post reports that Walmart has filed a lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, charging the two organizations of "disorderly conduct" during a demonstration at a Los Angeles store.

According to the story, "The retailer accused the labor organizers of trespassing, confronting store managers, setting balloons free inside the store and blocking customer traffic, among other claims. Walmart claims that store personnel had to call police on multiple occasions to remove protesters from the stores, but that police often arrive after the alleged disruptions have already taken place. The retail giant hence filed the lawsuit in hopes the court will take legal action to stop the protests."

The suit is similar to one filed by Walmart in Florida.

The unions say that the lawsuit is yet another attempt by Walmart to silence its critics and suppress legitimate protest.
KC's View:
Hell, even if this is an attempt to silence critics and suppress legitimate protest, it is minor league stuff. In the big leagues, they use the Internal Revenue Service to audit groups that don't agree with them, and subpoena journalists' phone records to track down anonymous sources.