PENSACOLA, Fla. - Another class action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Pensacola, Florida by a North Carolina trucker alleging Jimmy Haslam's PIlot Flying J company cheated with fuel rebates.
Jerry Floyd operates his trucking company from his home base in Alexander County, N.C. but according to court documents, "conducts a substantial amount of business within the state of Florida."
The lawsuit alleges Haslam's company withheld "tens of millions of dollars in diesel fuel price rebates and discounts from customers since at least 2005."
Haslam's company now faces seven class action lawsuits in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee. A spokesperson for Pilot Flying J predicted in the days following the FBI raid that additional lawsuits would be filed and said the company will review each and take appropriate action.
Haslam told trucking industry executives on Thursday that he hoped companies would seek any money that might be owed to them without resorting to lawsuits by filing claims directly with Pilot Flying J. He has consistently said he plans "to make this right."
At the same conference on Thursday, Haslam admitted that at least 250 trucking companies were shorted in some fashion, according to his own internal audit. But Haslam was quick to add that "this does not mean anyone did anything wrong."
A federal probe was launched on April 15 in allegations that the Knoxville, Tennessee-based company cheated truckers of promised fuel rebates.