April 25, 2012 / 6:58 PM / 5 years ago

Wal-Mart shareholder sues over bribery scandal

A general view of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - A shareholder sued the board and several officers of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) on Wednesday over allegations that the company’s Mexican affiliate paid bribes to local officials.

The lawsuit seeks to recover damage to the company’s reputation as well as costs of investigating the claims, according to the complaint, which was filed in the Court of Chancery in Delaware, where Wal-Mart is incorporated.

The “illegal payments have and will continue to irreparably damage Wal-Mart’s corporate image and goodwill and jeopardize its ability to do business in foreign countries,” said the lawsuit, which was brought by Henrietta Klein.

The complaint was filed as a derivative lawsuit, which seeks to recover money on behalf of the company rather than shareholders.

Reporting By Tom Hals; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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