The owner of a vehicle in some instances bears liability. There are certain exceptions such as stolen vehicles or unauthorized use. This sounds like an unauthorized use but I don't see the other party stopping to send you notices. Notify your insurance company and they will defend you.
You may not be able to stop the plaintiff from attempting to sue you, unfortunately. However, because Sears was the party at fault, and seems to have admitted that fault in the past, then you need to take the appropriate steps to ensure Sears indemnifies you against any future loss.
At this point, I recommend contacting your auto insurance carrier and requesting they defend you in this action. If you run into difficulty from the carrier, then I suggest speaking with an attorney.
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Notify your insurance carrier. The owner of the vehicle would typically be sued but Sears should indemnify you.
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Contact your insurance company to resolve, and they will seek reimbursement from Sears.
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