Wal-Mart exploring options after woman wins suit

HOUSTON (AP) - A spokesman says Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reviewing legal options after a jury reached a $9 million verdict in favor of a Houston woman who was wrongly arrested at 1 of the company's stores.

Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said Sunday the world's largest retailer believes the verdict reached Friday in a Houston court was "not supported by the facts of the case."

Nitra Gipson filed a civil lawsuit after she was arrested when store employees accused her of trying to exchange counterfeit money orders for cash. The Harris County District Attorney's Office declined to pursue charges after investigators determined the money orders were authentic.

Tovar says the woman was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, not the money orders.

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