Two prominent insurance companies are suing Walmart, claiming it paid out way too much in a settlement to comedian Tracy Morgan and the family of fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. McNair was killed and Morgan was seriously injured when their limousine was hit by a Walmart truck in 2014.
In the fall of 2015, Ohio Casualty and Liberty Insurance Underwriters filed suit in New Jersey Superior Court, fighting an obligation to pay a huge settlement they say is unreasonable. Although the terms of the settlement weren’t publicly disclosed, media reports put the combined payouts as high as $90 million. The insurers who paid the money claim Morgan exaggerated the extent of his injuries, and they want him to sit down for a seven-hour deposition. Insurance Business Magazine reports that the insurers are also demanding a list of Morgan’s medicines.
According to CBS News, Morgan is refusing to do that.
The Walmart truck driver, Kevin Roper, earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, but under the terms of a plea agreement avoided trial in exchange for doing 300 hours of community service.
Land Line Now New Anchor Reed Black contributed to this article.
Insurers file counterclaims against Wal-Mart in Tracy Morgan settlements