Former Wal-Mart marketer Julie Roehm’s lawsuit against the retailer has been dismissed from state court in Michigan. Judge Denise Langford Morris, sitting in Oakland County, Mich., dismissed the case, ruling it should be heard in Arkansas, where Wal-Mart is based. Judge Morris noted that Roehm had signed an agreement providing that any legal action relating to her employment would be brought in state or federal courts in Benton County, Arkansas.
Roehm and her lawyers haven’t yet decided whether to file there. The original claim alleged that Wal-Mart breached its contract when the company fired her. Roehm was dismissed last year because of an alleged number of ethical violations during her tenure as Wal-Mart SVP/Marketing Communications.
Wal-Mart counterclaimed, accusing her of engaging in an improper relationship with a subordinate, Sean Womack. Roehm responded with a legal document accusing Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and other execs of ethical improprieties.