Second attorney moves to bow out of pregnant woman's case against Wal-Mart, employee

Amelia Flood Aug. 30, 2010, 9:31am


A second attorney is asking to withdraw from a suit filed against Wal-Mart and one of its employees by a pregnant woman who claims she was injured in an unwarranted shoplifting stop.

Plaintiff Jamira Haas, also known as Jamira Lynn Haas Turner, has already lost one attorney in the case.

Her first attorney, John Turner, asked to withdraw from the case in May.

In June, Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth granted a substitution of attorney.

Ronald Foster Jr., her current attorney, moved to end his representation of the plaintiff on July 30.

Ruth will hear the plea Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

In her suit, Haas claims that Wal-Mart employee Justin O'Malley battered her and pushed her outside a store when he stopped her for alleged shoplifting.

Haas, who claims that she was pregnant at the time, claims that she fell and her child suffered injuries.

She claims O'Malley wrongfully accused her of shoplifting.

Wal-Mart is named in the case as his employer.

The plaintiff alleges that the company failed to properly train O'Malley.

The suit seeks more than $400,000 in damages and other relief.

Neither Wal-Mart nor O'Malley has an attorney listed in the case as yet.

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

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