Wal-Mart Settles Lawsuit with Insurers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. settled a lawsuit by two insurers that sought to avoid covering its multi-million-dollar payout to comedian Tracy Morgan for injuries he suffered in a 2014 crash involving one of the retailer’s trucks.

U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson in Trenton, New Jersey, ordered the dismissal of all claims against Wal-Mart by Ohio Casualty Insurance and Liberty Insurance Underwriters, and all counterclaims by Wal-Mart against the insurers. Terms of the settlement are confidential.

The insurers, both affiliated with Liberty Mutual Group, had sought permission to question Morgan and another injured passenger, Ardley Fuqua, to help them determine whether Wal-Mart paid too much.

Morgan, a former star of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” was seriously injured on June 7, 2014 when a Wal-Mart truck collided into his limousine van on the New Jersey Turnpike. His friend, comedian James McNair, suffered fatal wounds from the crash, and other passengers also sustained injuries.

The crash occurred because the truck driver had been awake for more than 24 hours when the crash occurred. He pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide under a plea agreement that let him avoid prison time.

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