Tracy Morgan has settled his big buck lawsuit against Walmart — almost a year after one of the superstore’s tractor trailers smashed into the comedian’s limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The deal was first revealed in court filings in Newark federal court, and confirmed in a joint statement by Morgan and Walmart.
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” the former “SNL” star said, referring to his two friends who were also injured in the June 7 smashup.
“I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably,” said Morgan, 46.
Walmart US president and CEO Greg Foran said, “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 are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation,” Foran said.
The terms of the deal are confidential, and Morgan and Walmart want to keep it that way.
In court papers filed Wednesday, lawyers for Walmart, Morgan, Jeffrey Millea and Ardley Fuqua asked a judge to seal court papers about “their confidential settlement negotiations and the final settlement figures.”
“This would be a very lucrative deal,” he said.
Morgan, Millea and Fuqua all suffered grievous injuries in the crash, including brain injuries, their lawyer, Benedict Morelli, has said.
The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Morelli has said he was going 65 mph when he smashed into Morgan’s limo.
Morgan, who also suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the crash, is “struggling every day, fighting hard just to get incrementally better,” the lawyer told The News last year.
Morelli said Wednesday that, “Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.”
Foran said, “Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident.”
“We are deeply sorry one of our trucks was involved,” the CEO said.