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Varsity Plymouth Chrysler (1994) Ltd. v. Pomerleau [2002] A.J. No. 929 (Alta. Q.B.)

Kurt Pomerleau was hired in 1995 and was a successful salesperson for Varsity. In 1996 he was promoted to sales manager and in 1998 he received an increase in salary. Varsity ran a program for its employees that allowed them to buy vehicles for personal use.

Pomerleau purchased many vehicles over the four years he was at Varsity, always turning them around for resale. Pomerleau never had to pay directly for his purchases — they would be deducted from payroll.