Tracy Morgan settles lawsuit with Wal-Mart for undisclosed sum

Wed May 27, 2015 6:15pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian Tracy Morgan and other people injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year have reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with the world's largest retailer, court documents filed on Wednesday showed.

Morgan, who starred in the TV show "30 Rock" and the late night comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live," was badly injured and comedian James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed in the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Terms and conditions of the settlement with Morgan, comedian Ardley Fuqua Jr., Morgan's assistant Jeffrey Millea and Millea's wife, Krista, were undisclosed. The parties had a strong joint interest in keeping the information confidential, the documents showed.

"Wal-Mart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably," Morgan said in a joint statement with the retailer.

Greg Foran, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., said that although the company could not change what happened, it was committed to helping ensure the well-being of those hurt or affected by the accident.

"We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved," he added.

Benedict Morelli, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the company took full responsibility for the accident.

McNair's two children, Danita and Jamel, settled their lawsuit against Wal-Mart in January for $10 million, which will be split between them.   Continued...

Tracy Morgan  in Beverly Hills, California August 7, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten