On Friday, a federal judge in New Jersey refused to halt a lawsuit brought by Tracy Morgan and others seriously injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
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But U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp won't use that as reason for any delay.
"Mr. Roper has not demonstrated that his Application requires emergent relief," the judge writes. "Here, Mr. Roper's lack of urgency, as reflected by the submission of his Application five months after the Complaint was filed and three weeks after the Court's Scheduling Order was entered, undermines his claim of immediate and irreparable harm."
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Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that Walmart was using Roper to gain "an unfair advantage" in the lawsuit. It was called a "ploy to further delay this trial."
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Morgan's attorneys further argued that expediency was of importance "so that Walmart's alleged trucking practices will be uncovered and hopefully made safer going forward."