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An Alabama woman who says she was falsely arrested for shoplifting at Walmart and threatened by the company after her case was dismissed, has been awarded $2.1 million in damages.

A Mobile County jury ruled in favor of Sems’ Leslie Nurse on Monday, news outlets reported.

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The nurse said in a lawsuit that she was stopped in November 2016 when she tried to drop off groceries to Walmart, saying she had already paid, AL.com, He said he used self-checkout but the scanning device froze. The workers did not accept his explanation and he was arrested for shoplifting.

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Her case was dismissed a year later, but then she received letters from a Florida law firm threatening her with a civil lawsuit if she didn’t pay $200, according to her lawsuit. That was more than the cost of the groceries he was accused of stealing.

The nurse said Walmart instructed the law firm to send the letters — and she wasn’t the only one receiving them.

“The defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of falsely accusing innocent Alabama citizens of shoplifting and then innocently attempting to extort money from the accused,” the suit argued.

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WKRG reported That trial testified that Walmart and other major retailers routinely use such settlements in states where the law allows it, and that Walmart spent hundreds of millions of dollars this way over a two-year period. Earn.

Walmart’s defense attorneys said the practice is legal in Alabama. A spokesperson told AL.com that the company would file a motion in the matter because it “does not believe that the decision is supported by evidence and that damages exceed the limits permitted by law.”