Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley said Friday that Wal-Mart filed the motion after a federal judge in Michigan declined to take over the civil lawsuit and sent it back to a state trial court there.
Roehm was fired last December less than a year after moving to Wal-Mart from Chrysler Group. Roehm filed a breach of contract and fraud claim against Wal-Mart in January in her former home state of Michigan, alleging that Wal-Mart owes her severance pay that could total $1.5 million.
In March, Wal-Mart filed a counterclaim accusing Roehm of having an affair with her subordinate Sean Womack and of accepting gifts and otherwise showing favoritism toward an agency that was lobbying for Wal-Mart's account. It also accused them of trying to find a job with the ad agency.