Tracy Morgan may not be ready to walk out of the hospital just yet, but he’s definitely ready to kick a lawsuit in the direction of the person responsible for putting him in there.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a lawsuit was filed Thursday in New Jersey by Tracy Morgan, comedian Ardie Fuqua, Tracy’s assistant Jeffrey Millea, and Jeffrey’s wife Krista Millea against Walmart Inc. after one of their truck drivers rear-ended Tracy’s limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7th and sent comedian James McNair up to Heaven and the rest of the passengers to the hospital (including an 8-months-pregnant Krista). The suit alleges that “Walmart knew or should have known” that the driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, was fatigued when the accident occurred and that he had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours. They’re seeking compensation, statutory damages, punitive damages, legal fees, as well as pre and post judgment interest, and a trial by jury (fingers crossed they get Judge Dredd). The entire lawsuit can be found here, so if you really get a boner from Law & Order legal speak, grab the lube and prepare for one hell of a Saturday night.
Surprisingly, someone at Walmart was granted a 15-minute break (unpaid, of course) and they released this statement in response to the lawsuit:
“This has been a terrible tragedy. We wish Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fuqua Jr., and Mr. Millea full recoveries. Our thoughts continue to go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair, who lost his life. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved. As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”
I’m not dumb – I know that a pile of cash won’t magically undo what happened. But I do know that if I was going after Walmart, I’d try to #getmoneybitch. So git it, Tracy! Take them for everything they got! Don’t settle for anything less than a Scrooge McDuck swimming pool filled with gold coins and every last 12-pack of Hanes white socks and at least 100 trampolines (and not the dirty ones that have been sitting outside the front of the store for the past 7 months). Get that Walmart money!