BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP)--Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is dropping a controversial
effort to collect more than $400,000 in health-care reimbursement from a former
employee who suffered brain damage in a traffic accident.
The world's largest retailer said in a letter to the family of Deborah Shank
it will not seek to collect money the Shanks won in an injury lawsuit against a
trucking company for the accident.
Wal-Mart's top executive for human resources, Pat Curran, wrote that Shank's
extraordinary situation had made the company re-examine the situation.
Deborah's husband Jim Shank welcomed the news. His lawyer said Wal-Mart
deserves credit for doing the right thing.
Wal-Mart has been roundly criticized in newspaper editorials, on cable news
shows and by union foes for its claim to the funds, which it made in a lawsuit
upheld by a federal appeals court.
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