Tort Law

Wife Sues Neiman's, Says Husband Charged $1.4M to Her Account During Affair with Personal Shopper


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A Dallas woman has sued a storied Texas-based department store, alleging that Neiman Marcus turned a blind eye as her husband charged $1.4 million to her account— nearly $850,000 in 2009 alone— while having an affair with her personal shopper.

Patricia Walker used to spend about $100,000 annually at Neiman’s. But that amount shot up, alleges the Dallas County lawsuit filed on her behalf by attorney Mark Ticer, after her husband, Bobby Tennison, began having an affair with Walker’s personal shopper, the Associated Press reports.

The personal shopper, Favi Lo, was paid a commission on the purchases, the suit says, and Neiman Marcus, meanwhile, “directly profited from Lo’s conduct and deceit.” Had Walker known about the affair, she would never have agreed to the charges, the suit contends. It asserts a fraud theory of liability.

A spokeswoman for the store said it has a policy of not commenting on litigation. Lo and Tennison did not respond to the news agency’s requests for comment.

Updated at 6:06 p.m. to clarify the dollar amount of merchandise Walker sought to return to Neiman Marcus.

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