Attorney in Walmart battery case moves to withdraw

Amelia Flood May 6, 2010, 9:39am

The attorney in a suit against Wal-Mart filed by a woman who was allegedly battered by a store employee while she was pregnant has asked to bow out of the case.

Attorney John Turner filed his motion asking withdraw from the case April 27.

In that motion, Turner seeks to end his representation of plaintiff Jamira Haas, also known as Jamaera Lynn Haas Turner and other names, as "attorney client relationship has been destroyed by the actions of the plaintiff."

According to the motion, Turner's client fired him.

Haas Turner is suing Wal-Mart and Justin O'Malley for battery. She seeks damages of more than $400,000.

The plaintiff claims that while she was shopping, O'Malley, a loss prevention officer, began to follow her.

After he followed her out of the store, she claims he grabbed her, threw her to the ground, and injured her and her unborn child.

She claims he wrongfully accused her of shoplifting.

She was not charged with retail theft.

Haas Turner claims the incident caused difficulties with her
pregnancy and that she and the baby suffered injuries.

The child's injuries are not specified in the complaint.

In addition to the battery claims, Haas Turner claims Wal-Mart failed to train O'Malley properly.

The case is assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth.

Ruth is set to hear motions in the case May 14 at 9 a.m.

No attorneys have entered appearances yet for the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-129.

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