A Texas woman wants to return $1.4 million in goods she considers "tainted" because her husband bought the gifts for her from her personal shopper, who works at Neiman Marcus. The husband was allegedly having an affair with the personal shopper, and the woman and her husband have filed for divorce.
The woman has filed suit against Neiman Marcus, claiming that the store engaged in fraud and deceptive trade practices. Her lawsuit alleges that the store knew that the husband and the personal shopper were having an affair and that the shopping going on was benefiting the personal shopper as the wife was being lied to.
Some might see the lawsuit as a desperate, emotional attempt for the wronged wife to get back at the "other woman" and make some money, but her attorney says that it is not about revenge. The wife wants the store and the employee to step up and do the right thing, which essentially is to admit that they knowingly engaged in business that hurt and cost the wife.
Allegedly, the wife used to spend about $100,000 per year at the store before she was seriously injured in a car accident in 2007 and homebound into 2010. The woman's attorney said that the spending went up to $850,000 in 2009, allegedly because the personal shopper and husband were using the Neiman Marcus card. That card was in the wife's name, and she's been held accountable for the purchases.
This is a unique outcome of a common issue: infidelity and divorce. While The Huffington Post doesn't report many of the other divorce details, it is possible that the estranged wife sees this lawsuit as an opportunity to get more financial stability out of her divorce.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Neiman Marcus Divorce: Woman Sues Neiman Marcus For Fraud In Love Triangle," Linda Stewart Ball, May 31, 2012