Archive for the 'Thomas Coughlin' Category


Sunday, May 1st, 2016

So, we’ve written hundreds of posts about the Walton family, their peers and their hirelings, but we’ve never focused on the people the way the folks at The Walmart 1%, The People Behind The Walmart Empire. Who, sadly, were these bloggers? The Walmart 1% was a project of Making Change At Walmart, (who took notice […]

I’ve been doing this Wal-Mart blogging thing for far too long.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

This is my first greatest hits post, devoted to the guy who’s now $6.75 million richer, Tom Coughln. Here’s me from July 19, 2005: [H]ow dumb is Wal-Mart? Is Tom Coughlin some kind of crooked financial genius? After all, this is a company that can track the number of Pop Tarts stores will need after […]

Hush money.

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Thanks to Yahoo (via Wal-Mart Watch*) the world can see that Walmart is paying $6.75 million to Tom Coughlin, a convicted felon who supposedly stole from the company. If his thievery were such an open and shut case, why would such a notoriously cheap, lawyer-happy company like this one still cough up so much cash? […]


Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Part of me wants to think of this as two junkyard dogs gnawing on each other, but when Walmart’s right it’s right. That Tom Coughlin is claiming emotional distress just makes me want to see him squirm even more. From The Associated Press: [The] trial is to start Thursday in a lawsuit by Wal-Mart Stores […]


Saturday, May 24th, 2008

There has to be people in Bentonville who want to hurl every time they hear Tom Coughlin’s name mentioned. His story goes quiet for two, three months, and you think it’s over. But it’s not over. It may never be over. The name just keeps coming back up like bad burrito. From the Associated Press: […]


Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

The story of former Wal-Mart executive Thomas Coughlin may be in the running for the longest Wal-Mart story ever. We first reported on Coughlin here nearly three years ago, but his actions keep putting him back in the news. This time it’s for planning a party. From Bloomberg: If Thomas Coughlin, Wal-Mart’s former No. 2 […]


Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

The case of Patsy Stephens took a strange twist yesterday when her attorney filed papers seeking a new trial claiming that Stephens thought she was helping her boss in a secret plan to subvert workers trying to unionize. From The Associated Press: The filing Friday on behalf of Patsy Stephens claims former Wal-Mart vice chairman […]

Tom Coughlin Wal-Mart Ex-Vice-Chair Must Be Resentenced

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Tom Coughlin’s sentence of 27 months of home detention, 33 months of additional probation and $500,000 fine was too lenient says a US Circuit Court of Appeals. Coughlin pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and one count of filing false tax returns — all felonies — in January 2006. He could have been […]

Will another shoe drop?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The Northwest Arkansas Morning News reminds us of that other Wal-Mart scandal, the one surrounding former VP Tom Coughlin: It’s practically old news by now. Former Vice Chairman Tom Coughlin, 58, a 28-year veteran of Wal-Mart, pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud against his employer and is now serving a 27-month home detention. (A […]

Thursday Afternoon Roundup

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

* Disgraced Wal-Mart executive Tom Coughlin has to give another deposition in Dukes vs. Wal-Mart because the plaintiffs’ attorneys are afraid he may not survive long enough for the trial to actually start. * Wake-Up Wal-Mart has started a petition to protest those Nazi t-shirts. * It is my honor and privilege to provide you […]

Yet Another Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart’s Tom Coughlin

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

This time a lawsuit by a former Wal-Mart executive, Robert E. Hey Jr. , against Tom Coughlin, a former executive vice president and vice chairman of Wal-Mart’s board of directors. Coughlin has already pleaded guilty to 5 counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion and has been sentenced to 5 years probation. […]

This Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble

Friday, September 1st, 2006

From the AP (thanks cotterperson!): An employee in Wal-Mart’s Labor Relations Department has sued the retailer, saying she was harassed and given poor evaluation scores because she refused to shred documents relating to the investigation of a former vice chairman convicted of fraud. Rita Miles, an administrative assistant to Wal-Mart’s vice president of labor relations, […]


Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Thomas Coughlin, the former vice president of Wal Mart was sentenced yesterday to 27 months of home detention, five years probation and the payment of a $50,000 fine and $411,000 in restitution for stealing from his employer. From the Associated Press: Coughlin pleaded guilty in January to stealing items from the world’s largest retailer that […]


Monday, April 17th, 2006

Wal Mart is trying to makeover its image by altering its corporate culture. Someone at the Bentonvile Behemoth has figured out that putting lipstick on a mule give you a mule with lipstick and that only internal change works. From The Associated Press: After years of accusations that it caused the demise of thousands of […]

Interesting Times

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Everyone knows that Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Reading all the news about WalMart lately has to make one believe that executives at the World’s Largest Reetailer are wishing that these times were a lot less interesting for them. The biggest current worry for them must the push for Fair Share Health […]