Court: Menards Founder's Ex-Fiancee Doesn't Deserve Ownership

Wisconsin's highest court has rejected an appeal from John Menard's ex-fiancee. Wisconsin's highest court has rejected an appeal from John Menard's ex-fiancee. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

December 29, 2017 03:00 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says the founder of the Menards building supply stores doesn't owe his former fiancee compensation for work she did for his business ventures.

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Debra Sands filed a lawsuit in 2008, alleging that John Menard promised her an ownership share in exchange for her while they were engaged.

A state appeals court ruled in 2016 that Sands didn't deserve compensation or damages. The Supreme Court upheld that decision Friday, ruling that Sands and Menard weren't engaged in a joint enterprise. The court also says Sands failed to show her contributions increased Menard's assets.

Sands' attorney, Daniel Shulman, says he disagrees with the ruling. He says plenty of evidence shows that Sands worked "day and night" for Menard's business ventures and took care of his personal life.

According to Forbes, Menards is the nation's third-largest home improvement chain.


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