Putnam man says Wal-Mart botched oil changed, damaged truck

CHARLESTON - A Putnam County man has filed a suit against the nation's largest retailer after his car was damaged when improper work was performed during an oil change.

Roger D. Null of Poca filed a suit Nov. 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Wal-Mart.

According to the suit, on June 4, 2007, Null took his 2005 Dodge Ram truck to the Nitro Wal-Mart to have an oil and filter change.

The work was performed on his truck, a new oil filter was found for the truck and sold to Null.

However, the oil filter selected and installed was defective in that it was not the proper filter for the truck.

Null claims the incorrect filter caused significant damage to his truck.

According to the suit, Null claims Wal-Mart failed to replace the oil filter in a good and workmanlike manner, and the work was performed negligently, carelessly and recklessly.

Null seeks punitive damages for willful, wanton, malicious disregard for his safety. He also seeks compensatory damages.

Attorney Thomas H. Peyton is representing Null. The case has been assigned to Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2454

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