Costco Wholesale Corp won a federal appeals court decision that blocks women who accused the company of gender bias from suing as a group.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco returned the case to a lower court, saying it ``must consider whether the claims for various forms of monetary relief will require individual determinations.''
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Costco's appeal of the January 2007 class certification in its case had been put on hold pending the outcome of the Wal-Mart case. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)