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It’s Not Our Fault! Wal-Mart Responds to Tracy Morgan Trial Delay In Letter To Judge

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Dec. 3 2014, Published 7:15 a.m. ET

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With legal and medical bills mounting, Tracy Morgan is eager to resolve the civil suit he filed against Wal-Mart this summer. But amid a new attempt by the trucker involved in the fatal crash, Kevin Roper, to delay the trial, Wal-Mart has spoken out to say that they have nothing to do with his motion to freeze the case.

“Wal-Mart takes no position on Kevin Roper’s motion to intervene for the purpose of requesting a stay of discovery,” a letter to the judge from Wal-Mart attorneys, obtained by, states.

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“We do, however, feel compelled to correct the record,” the letter continues. “Plaintiff’s accusation that Wal-Mart is somehow behind Mr. Roper’s motion in an attempt to delay discovery is simply false.”

As reported, Roper filed for the stay last month, requesting “that discovery be stayed in its entirety” in the case. But the 30 Rock star's attorneys said in the documents that “It is clear that Mr. Roper’s request for a stay should be denied,” arguing he "should not be permitted to intervene because no purpose would be served by permitting his intervention.”

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Roper’s filing is especially “inappropriate,” they argue in the documents, because he is not even a defendant in the civil suit.

On June 7, 2014, the truck driven by Roper slammed into the rear of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter occupied by Morgan and friends Ardie Fuqua, and assistant Jeff Millea, the documents state. The trio filed the civil suit against Wal-Mart in July.

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