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The New York Times reports that the federal judge who last week "issued an order blocking Starbucks from firing any U.S. worker because they engaged in collective action, like seeking to form a union," now has modified that order, saying he made unspecified "errors" in his ruling.

Yesterday, the Times writes, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith said that his ruling now would only apply "to a store in Michigan where a worker said she had been fired for her involvement in union organizing. The injunction’s national scope had vanished.

"In a revised opinion accompanying Thursday’s order, Judge Goldsmith said that the key criterion for determining whether to impose a nationwide injunction was whether the company had pursued a general policy of violating labor law. He said that while the National Labor Relations Board had filed about 24 complaints involving roughly 50 workers fired by Starbucks across the country, many of those cases were in their early stages.

"As a result, Judge Goldsmith concluded, the evidence supported an injunction only at a store in Ann Arbor, Mich., where a labor board judge found in October that a worker had illegally been fired."

Starbucks responded to the revised order by saying, “We are pleased that the court rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s overreaching and inappropriate request for a nationwide cease-and-desist order as we pursue a full legal review of the merits of the case.”

The union, Workers United, said it would “continue to fight for a national remedy to address Starbucks’ unprecedented union-busting campaign and hold the company accountable for their actions.”