NASCAR: Tony Stewart Lawsuit Moving Forward

Nov 20, 2016; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) during the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The lawsuit that has been filed against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is continuing to move forward. The next date on the timeline of the proceedings will be coming up in April.

Tony Stewart might be doing his best to move on from the tragic events that took place in August of 2014 but that doesn’t change the fact that the civil lawsuit over the matter is still pending and moving forward.

Last month Stewart and his legal team withdrew an appeal in the lawsuit. The appeal was filed after a judge had ruled that Stewart’s insurance company was not responsible for covering him in the lawsuit. The judge and the insurance company both agreed that the race in which Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., was an event that was not covered by Stewart’s insurance policy.

The removal of the appeal means that moving forward, Stewart will be 100 percent responsible for any costs associated with the lawsuit, including any money awarded through a trial or a settlement.

As far as what is next, according to a court filing there will be a mediation session on April 18th. The mediation session is something that is required but it’s unclear who exactly will be at this session from both sides.

It also remains unclear what exactly the Ward family is seeking in this lawsuit. Thus far the amount in damages associated with the death of their son has remain unspecified. It’s also unclear whether they would be willing to accept a settlement should Stewart ever be willing to offer one.

As far as Stewart goes, the three-time NASCAR champion will have plenty on his plate once the racing season begins. As of last week Stewart had already scheduled himself to run in more than 70 races this season, with the hope of still adding more events to his schedule.

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