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• The Journal News reports that Walmart has reached a settlement with the family of James McNair, the comedian who was killed in the June 2014 crash in which a Walmart truck struck a limo van carrying McNair and comedian Tracy Morgan.

Morgan survived but was seriously injured, and has sued Walmart.

According to the story, "The out-of-court settlement between the company and the estate of McNair – who was known as "Uncle Jimmy Mack" – is the first connected to the New Jersey Turnpike crash." Under the terms of the agreement, the family will not reveal how much it got paid, and Walmart does not have to accept responsibility for his death.
KC's View:
Walmart can settle this until the cows come home, but (to keep the farmland metaphor going) the chickens will really come home to roost when investigators determine where the legal culpability lies.