Pilot Flying J settlement conference set for November in Covington, Kentucky

A federal judge has scheduled a settlement conference between Pilot Flying J and plaintiffs who have sued the company over alleged diesel fuel rebate fraud.

In an order filed on Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory Wehrman set the conference for Nov. 19, in Covington, Ky.

Pilot last year reached an $85 million settlement with trucking customers in connection with the case. A handful of companies opted out of that settlement, though, and pursued their own litigation.

Pretrial proceedings in those cases are now being overseen by U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar, of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

A telephone conference last month focused on questions related to those pretrial proceedings, including Pilot's anticipated effort to seek a dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims.

A hearing to discuss that motion and others is set for Nov. 18 in Covington.

During the telephone conference last month, some plaintiffs had expressed reservations about taking the case to mediation, but Thapar said he would ask Wehrman to act as a mediator in the dispute.

Aubrey Harwell, an attorney for Pilot, said Thursday that the company "will honor and respect the court's directives."

The federal criminal investigation of Pilot is ongoing, and individual employees could still be charged.

Ten former employees have already pleaded guilty in the case and are cooperating with prosecutors, as is the company, which reached an agreement to pay a $92 million penalty.

 

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