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Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for negligence in crash

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores claiming the company was negligent in a June 2014 automobile accident involving one of its truck drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike. On June 7, Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, allegedly swerved to miss an auto on the New Jersey Turnpike and instead struck a limousine bus carrying Morgan and several associates.

The accident left Morgan, who was released from a rehabilitation center to continue recovering at home on July 12, critically injured and killed one of Morgan’s associates, comedian James McNair. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 10, seeks unspecified damages.

“Wal-Mart knew or should have known that its drivers were routinely fatigued, thus putting themselves and others on the road in danger, because in addition to working long shifts driving trucks, they regularly commuted hundreds of miles to get to work,” states Morgan’s complaint.

Roper was charged with four counts of assault by auto and one count of death by auto. New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash, which also caused a chain reaction accident with another tractor trailer truck, an SUV and two cars. No passengers in any of the other cars were injured.

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EBay partners with Sotheby’s on live auctions

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – EBay and Sotheby’s are developing an online platform designed to make it easier for consumers to discover, browse and acquire exceptional works of art, antiques and collectibles. EBay and Sotheby’s will start by offering a number of live auctions that are taking place at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York.

To accomplish this, eBay in the near future will be launching a newly-designed experience on its site, tailored for collectors of rare, unique and premium art and collectibles, as well as first-time buyers. Sotheby’s will be the preeminent anchor tenant in the revamped marketplace, which will include a new live auction feature and real-time bidding from anywhere around the world.

Sotheby’s brings expertise, artwork and collectibles, and auction experience to the partnership, while eBay’s technology platform, integrated payment solutions and 145 million active buyers. The Sotheby’s auctions will present 18 collecting categories. Going forward, the partnership will explore themed and time-based sales, as well as live auctions from Sotheby’s other global salesrooms. Evening sales will not be included.

Both companies will focus on growing the market at price points where they expect their collectors to converge in the future, particularly in the segments such as jewelry, watches, prints, wine, photographs and 20th century design.

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Home Depot starts selling 3-D printers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot is collaborating with 3-D printer manufacturer MakerBot to start selling MakerBot Replicator desktop 3-D printers online and in 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York, beginning July 14. This is the first time Home Depot has offered 3-D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and Home Depot.

MakerBot 3-D printing and scanning products will be showcased inside Home Depot stores in specially designed kiosks that will encourage hands-on interaction. Trained MakerBot retail staff will provide continual 3-D printing demonstrations and offer 3-D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home with them, as well as help with purchase decisions.

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