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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Roehm v. Wal-Mart

Walmart_5 Ah, where would the blogosphere be if we didn't have Wal-Mart?

Julie Roehm, hired with great fanfare in January 2006 as Wal-Mart's Senior Vice-President for marketing communications, was fired with even greater fanfare in December 2006. 

Wal-Mart, having just settled one high-profile suit and won a significant victory in the Fourth Circuit, now has to deal with a new suit, Roehm v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (the link is to Wal-Mart's removal motion, which attaches the original complaint filed in Michigan state court).  The complaint purports to state claims sounding in breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, and claim and delivery.  While press reports suggested that Roehm was fired in part because of an "inappropriate relationship" with her subordinate, Sean Womack, the complaint alleges that she was terminated because she was not "fulfilling the expectations of an officer of the company."  Discovery in this case could be juicy.  Stay tuned.

[Jeremy Telman]

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