Business briefs: Wal-Mart and Skype

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is adding an array of Skype phone gear to the electronics section in 1,800 stores, bringing the renegade provider of cheap calling over the Internet to a huge mainstream audience. The dedicated Skype section will feature handsets, headsets and webcams designed to work with eBay Inc.’s (EBAY) Skype, a provider of free, cheap long-distance calls.

Ford

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $55 million punitive-damage award assessed against Ford Motor Co. (F) for an Explorer sport utility vehicle rollover accident that left a California woman paralyzed. The justices told an appeals court to take a fresh look at the case in light of a Supreme Court ruling in a lawsuit against Altria Group Inc.’s (MO) Philip Morris USA unit.

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