Woman awarded $2.1 million after suing Walmart for shoplifting accusation

Amy Christie

A woman who stated she was wrongly taken into custody for shoplifting at a Walmart and then received threats once her case was dismissed has just got $2.1 million in damages.

The ruling in favor of Lesleigh Nurse of Semmes was passed on Monday by a Mobile County jury.

What are the details?

The lawsuit brought by Nurse mentions that she was previously stopped while trying to leave a Walmart with her groceries that she had already made a payment for, according to AL.com.

However, the woman said that the scanning device stopped working, but the workers refused to accept her explanation, and she was taken into custody. Nurse stated she was falsely accused of shoplifting when she had behaved fairly, as reported by NBC News.

The case against her was eventually dismissed after one year, but things didn’t stop there. Nurse revealed that she received letters threatening her with a civil suit unless she agreed to give $200 to settle the matter. She got those letters from a Florida law firm.

That amount was a lot more than the items she was accused of stealing had cost.

The woman said that the law firm was acting based on instructions received from Walmart and that many other people had received similar letters.

“The defendants have engaged in falsely accusing innocent Alabama citizens of shoplifting and thereafter attempting to collect money from the innocently accused,” the complaint mentioned.

WKRG revealed that the trial included testimony pointing that Walmart, along with other retailers, constantly used such settlements in states where they don’t go against the law and made millions of dollars that way.

Walmart’s attorneys stated that this practice is legal in the state of Alabama.

They will also be filing motions on behalf of the company because they think “the damages awarded exceed what is allowed by law.”

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