This is a relief for people that believe in capitalism. Liberals like to claim that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want and not be bothered by the state. I guess that doesn't apply to Wal-Mart. After all, to liberals, Wal-Mart workers are exploited, while prostitutes and strippers are just people that work hard and are willing to put it all on the line to make a living.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz decided that the Maryland Fair Share Health Care Fund Act would have hurt Wal-Mart by requiring it to track and allocate benefits for its Maryland employees in a different way from how it keeps track of employee benefits in other states. Motz wrote that the law "imposes legally cognizable injury upon Wal-Mart."
Motz cited the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which he said pre-empts "any and all state laws insofar as they may now or hereafter relate to any employee benefit plan.""My finding that the act is pre-empted is in accordance with long established Supreme Court law that state laws which impose health or welfare mandates on employers are invalid under ERISA," Motz wrote in his 32-page opinion.