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Brevard woman with Tourette's sues Walmart for $2.2M

Woman barred from Palm Bay store in 2011

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PALM BAY, Fla. – A Brevard County woman with Tourette's syndrome and her husband are suing Walmart seeking $2.2 million in damages because she was barred from the store in Palm Bay, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.

Tourette's syndrome is a disorder characterized by involuntary repetitive movements and "coprolalia," or inappropriate swearing, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Tina White was shopping at the Malabar Road Walmart with her children in August 2011 when a manager and security officer ordered her to leave and not return, according to a circuit court complaint filed by her lawyer, Mark Tietig of Merritt Island.

The employees also called a Palm Bay police officer, who issued a no-trespassing order.

Tietig argues that Walmart acted with "callous disregard" of White's legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lawsuit, which was filed in mid-May, seeks $2 million in damages for White for emotional distress and $200,000 for her husband, Kevin, for "loss of consortium."

Merritt Island lawyers Kendall Rigdon and Kurt Alexander are defending Walmart in the case. In a court filing, they stated that store employees did not act improperly; did not physically or psychologically harm White; and had no prior knowledge of her Tourette's syndrome or medical condition. The lawyers requested a jury trial.