Facing a lawsuit by those injured in a six-car collision—among them comedian Tracy Morgan—Walmart has responded that Morgan and Co. should have been wearing their seatbelts. Injuries in the accident, which involved Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," Walmart says in a defense, as per the Hollywood Reporter.
"By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seatbelts, upon information and belief, plaintiffs acted unreasonably and in disregard of plaintiffs' own best interests." It's one of nine affirmative defenses from the company, the Reporter notes. Others include an argument that Walmart had no control over any third party responsible. The company "did not engage in any wanton or willful conduct that would warrant an award of punitive damages," it says. A lawyer for Morgan says Walmart's stance is "surprising," "appalling," and "disingenuous": "It's not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility," he tells the AP.