- A federal appeals court has ruled that the city of Turlock's ordinance barring big-box retailer Wal-Mart doesn't infringe on the company's constitutional rights.
The ruling is the third time the courts have sided with the city against Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
"I'm extremely pleased and feel extremely vindicated," Turlock Mayor Curt Andre said Monday.
Wal-Mart sued Turlock soon after the City Council passed an ordinance in 2004 barring a 225,000-square-foot super center.
The council said the operation would lead to traffic and environmental damage.
Blocking the Box
The Biggest Box gets activists and unions all riled up. Local governments want to ban it and now the courts are piling on too: