On December 23, 2008, Wal-Mart announced the settlement of 63 wage and hour lawsuits pending around the country for up to $640 million. If approved by the courts, the settlements would end the vast majority of 76 such cases against Wal-Mart alleging the company did not provide employees with proper rest and meal breaks and engaged in other wage and hour violations. One such California case, currently on appeal, resulted in a $172 million verdict in 2005.