U.S. District Judge James M. Moody approved a $84.9 million settlement in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate scandal in a Little Rock, Arkansas courtroom Monday.
CLEVELAND - The 5 On Your Side Investigators learned Tuesday afternoon a trucking company in Alabama is the latest to ask for compensation from Pilot Flying J. Osborn Transportation claims it was cheated out of $75,000 in rebates.
This is the fifth suit filed against Pilot Flying J. Trucking companies in Alabama, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Arkansas also want reimbursements. Four additional companies have also filed lawsuits in Knoxville court.
The FBI is investigating CEO Jimmy Haslam's company because of those rebates. Haslam's company has said it expects additional lawsuits to be filed.
News of the lawsuit comes just two days before Haslam, who is also owner of the Cleveland Browns, is to speak before trucking executives in Indianapolis on Thursday.
The Indianapolis event is hosted by Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, an Indianapolis-based law firm that focuses on the transportation sector and whose clients including trucking companies.
Greg Feary, president of the Scopelitis law firm, said that when the allegations became public his firm received a number of calls from clients asking them to look into the matter. While several class-action suits have already been filed against Pilot, Feary said his firm decided it didn't make sense to take that step at this point.
"Pilot's been a strong ally of the trucking industry for many years and we recognize that, too," he said. "So I think that, to our client base, that made a lot of sense. The other thing we don't want to do is if Pilot's going to go in and rectify whatever wrong there is, I don't think we need to get in the way of that or collect fees as between Pilot and our clients."
Feary said questions will be submitted in advance, and the executive will be able to choose which ones he will answer. The session will be moderated by former Colorado Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican who is president and CEO of American Trucking Associations.
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