While the National Labor Relations Board’s move against Wal-Mart yesterday has generated a lot of headlines, an even bigger potential precedent setter this week has gone virtually unnoticed. As the Press-Enterprise reports, a federal judge has rejected Wal-Mart’s argument that by subcontracting out its work to a third party staffing company, it cannot be a defendant in a wage-theft case. In denying Wal-Mart’s request to be removed as a defendant in the wage-theft case, the judge ruled that the retail giant must answer the allegations in open court. The potential precedents set in the ruling will be of keen interest to the major employers who in recent years have tried to subcontract operations to third parties in order to shield themselves from employee lawsuits. – Sirota