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Alleged shoplifters target Home Depot in lawsuit

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot is the subject of a class-action lawsuit claiming that the world’s largest home improvement retailer is impropertly negotiating for settlement with shoplifting suspects.

The complaint was originally filed in Alameda, Calif. by Jimin Chen. According to media reports, Chen claims he forgot to put a pair of gloves into the shopping cart in time for the cashier to notice. He later received a letter from Palmer, Reifler & Associates asking for a $350 settlement. He got another letter a couple weeks later asking for $625, threatening legal action otherwise, he claims.

According to Bloomberg, Palmer sends out more than a million demand letters on behalf of Home Depot each year.

Atlanta-based Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes told HCN that the general practice is within the company’s legal bounds.

"We’re still reviewing the details of the complaint, but we do disagree that the general practice of civil demands is unlawful," he said. 

ABC News reports that one of Chen’s lawyers, Christian Schreiber, referred to the letters as a "fraudulent business practice…likely to deceive members of the public as to their legal rights and obligations." Schreiber claims that the retailer has yet to act on any of its threats to sue customers, suggesting that it is merely playing a "numbers game" together with the law firm that depends on a certain percentage of customers paying the settlements.

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Former Sears exec tapped for C-level positions at Tuesday Morning Corporation

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Closeout retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation has appointed Jeffrey Boyer as executive VP, CAO and CFO of its upscale operations, effective immediately.

Boyer, who has over 30 years of retail, finance and accounting experience, will be replacing EVP/CFO Stephanie Bowman and filling an existing vacancy for CAO.

"Having worked with Jeff at Michaels, I can attest to his wealth of retail experience and ability to help transform organizations," said Tuesday Morning CEO Michael Rouleau. "We’re delighted he has joined the team and look forward to benefiting from his expertise and insight. On behalf of the entire Tuesday Morning team, I also want to thank Stephanie for her tireless commitment to Tuesday Morning, particularly amid significant organizational change. We wish her well in her future professional endeavors, and know she has a bright future."

Previously, Boyer filled the EVP, COO and CFO functions at 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide. He has also served as president, CFO and EVP of Michaels Stores, as well as EVP and CFO for Kmart. He held multiple positions with Sears, Roebuck & Company, where he went on to become senior VP and CFO. Prior senior positions included those at Pillsbury Company and Kraft General Foods.

"I am very pleased to join the Tuesday Morning team, and am eager to work again with Michael to help ensure the company realizes its potential as a leading value retailer," Boyer said.

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PPG Industries has appointed Kevin Braun to the post of VP industrial coatings, a horizontal shift from his previous role as VP global raw materials and Americas purchasing.

“Kevin is a superb leader, who combines excellent product and manufacturing experience with a keen awareness of the industry and market trends,” said Viktor Sekmakas, executive VP, PPG.

Braun’s new post, effective immediately, was enacted to replace Richard Zoulek, who left the company.

Fiberon promoted Derek Baer to territory manager for the Montana and Western Canada regions, and Greg Reed to West Coast regional sales manager.

“Derek and Greg have extensive industry experience, and both will be outstanding managers for the distribution partners in their respective regions,” said Brendan Moloney, Fiberon’s director of sales for the West.

Baer is noted for his work in developing the region’s Fiber-PRO and dealer bases. He has held leadership positions at technology companies like Microsoft.

Reed was recognized for developing new markets for Fiberon products.

Georgia-Pacifc consumer products manufacturing division named Gary W. Kaiser head of its Crossett, Ark., manufacturing operations.

He replaces Karen Dickinson, who retired.

“It’s an honor to return to Crossett,” said Kaiser. “I consider it a privilege to be a part of a mill that takes pride in making the best products for our customers.”

Kaiser previously was VP of Georgia-Pacifc’s Camas, Wash., operations.

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