Olbermann 1 – Wal-Mart 0

Although That’s Right Nate (the token conservative on my blogroll) thinks Keith Olbermann should go back to sports, his color commentary on the state of the nation can be compelling. His crusade against Wal-Mart on behalf the Shanks has born fruit. Wal-Mart has rethought its decision to recoup some of the money they paid out for Deborah Shank’s medical expenses by taking what remains of the money she won in a lawsuit. The accident that caused her injuries and said lawsuit left much longer term damage and the money was being used for her care.

The world’s largest retailer said Tuesday in a letter to the family of Deborah Shank it will not seek to collect money the Shanks won in an injury lawsuit against a trucking company for the accident.

Wal-Mart’s top executive for human resources, Pat Curran, wrote that Shank’s extraordinary situation had made the company re-examine its stance.

One suspects that the most significant aspect of Mrs. Shank’s situation might possibly have been the publicity that it received. Keith Olbermann hasn’t been the only one to drop a red flag on Wal-Mart’s play, either. At least there is still such a thing as bad publicity. Sometimes it seems like there’s no shame anywhere, even when the whole world is watching.

(Whoops. This was supposed to be pubished last night, but apparently I saved instead. Hope it’s finished because I’m at work now and don’t really have time to check.)


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mdking on April 2, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I’m glad WalMart let this go. It’s disheartening that the court missed the opportunity to deal justly with this case, but at least the Shanks can stop fighting. Life has dealt them a difficult hand.


  2. Posted by thatsrightnate on April 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    You are extremely turned around on this issue as usual, but I am grateful you gave my blog such a top billing. I’m sure liberal blogs mentioned it too, but all took Olbermann’s side.


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