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Divorcing Texas wife sues retailer over gifts from husband

Sunday, June 24, 2018

An interesting case is making headlines in Texas. A woman embroiled in a bitter divorce is suing Neiman Marcus because the company has refused to take back over $1.4 million worth of merchandise. Many of the items were said to be gifts from the woman's husband, and they were initially purchased by her personal shopper, who is an employee of the retail store.

The wife says the gifts were charged to her own credit card and that the husband was having an affair with the personal shopper. In addition, the hired shopper apparently received a large commission from the sales to the husband. Now the wife is suing Neiman Marcus for fraud.

The gifts included handbags, furs, glass sculptures and jewelry. With the help of her personal shopper, the woman was spending about $100,000 per year at Neiman Marcus in 2006. But in 2009, her bill went up to almost $850,000. The wife, who was homebound until 2010 because of a 2007 car accident, says she was unaware of what was happening until her husband filed for divorce in 2010. Her lawsuit against the retailer claims that her husband and the other woman conspired to live a lavish lifestyle charged to the wife's credit card.

A date for trial is set for November 2012. It appears the divorce is still ongoing, and there is no word of whether this current lawsuit will affect the divorce settlement.

The kind of feelings voiced in the case may be all too familiar for other Texans who are in the process of a difficult divorce. El Paso residents should take appropriate legal action if they believe a spouse or an ex-spouse is wrongfully hiding financial information. Our state provides legal protections against the unjust division of property, and a professional legal advocate may be able to help ensure an equitable divorce settlement.

Source: Huffington Post, "Neiman Marcus Divorce: Woman Sues Neiman Marcus For Fraud In Love Triangle," Linda Stewart Ball, May 31, 2012

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