Walmart and Benedict P. Morelli, attorney for Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua, and Jeffrey Millea, today announced a settlement agreement, ending a lawsuit against Walmart arising out of a multi-vehicle accident involving the men on June 7, 2014, on the New Jersey Turnpike. The terms and conditions of the settlement with Morgan and the other plaintiffs remain confidential.
The lawsuit cited a number of instances that it says demonstrate Walmart’s negligence as a substantial contributing factor to the accident. The suit claims that Walmart knew or should have known that driver Kevin Roper’s hours did not comply with federal trucking regulations against driver fatigue, that he had been awake for more than 24 hours, and that it was unreasonable for him to travel more than 700 miles to work at a facility in Delaware when there were numerous other facilities much closer to where he lived, including nine in Georgia.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” says Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO, in a release. “While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr Morelli, and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.”
Benedict Morelli stated, “Walmart and I worked diligently to reach this settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.”
Tracy Morgan said,” Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”