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a woman who sued Wal-Mart after it wrongly reported her to a national database as having bounced a check was awarded $130,000 by a federal jury on June 26. Mary Waddle, 48, wrote a check to the Somerset, Ky., Wal-Mart store where she worked, and the store’s bank returned it with the incorrect indication that she had no account. The problem was resolved with the store but, about a year later, Waddle learned that her credit rating was still affected when another store refused to accept her check. Attempts to get Wal-Mart to correct the record were to no avail. She claimed that the resulting emotional distress caused her to leave her job. The defense blamed its bank and the database company, and contested the extent of Waddle’s injuries. Waddle v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., No. 6:02-CV-71-KKC (E.D. Ky.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Thomas E. Carroll, Carroll Law Offices, Monticello, Ky. DEFENSE ATTORNEY: J.L. Roark, Barret, Haynes, May, Carter & Roark, Hazard, Ky.

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