It’s been a year since the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil suit against Wal-Mart for allegedly defrauding consumers.
The Justice Department claims the retailer and its top managers engaged in “false and misleading” claims that toilet bowls and sinks made of polyethylene plastic are safe for people to flush.
The suit was filed in federal court in New York, which was created to investigate allegations of civil rights violations by the company.
In January, the U,S.
Supreme Court sided with the company, ordering it to pay a $1.3 billion penalty and order the company to create an independent, third-party auditor to monitor its compliance with the Clean Water Act.
The case was brought against Walmarts subsidiaries in the U and abroad, including China.
It’s now unclear what will happen to the court-ordered $1 billion fine.
A spokesman for Wal-Marts, Joe DeFazio, told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that the company has not decided whether to appeal.
While the government has not made a final determination, the lawsuit says the lawsuit “is in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA), and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA).”
Wal-Mart says the allegations are baseless and has defended itself.
The company said in a statement on Monday: “This lawsuit is without merit.
We’re not going to settle and we’re not prepared to settle.”
In a statement, the Justice Department said it is “firmly committed to enforcing our nation’s laws and regulations to protect people and property from pollution and hazardous waste.”