Attorneys for Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J travel centers to appear in court
Effort to consolidate class action lawsuits
Ron Regan, newsnet5.com
8:00 AM, Jul 25, 2013
11:17 AM, Jul 25, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine - Attorneys for Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam are expected to appear in federal court in Maine on Thursday.
They plan to block efforts that would move a proposed class-action settlement with truckers out of the Arkansas court, where the recent agreement was reached.
Ohio is among several states where attorneys for some trucking companies opposed to the class action settlement will argue is better suited to consolidate multiple lawsuits filed against Haslam and his company.
A judicial panel on multi-district legislation is scheduled to review legal brief and hear oral arguments in the case from both Pilot Flying J attorneys as well as attorneys representing trucking companies that are opposed to the settlement.
Attorneys representing some trucking companies argue the settlement is not in the best interest and believe the class action lawsuit would be more appropriately heard in federal courts other than Arkansas where a federal judge recently approved the proposed settlement.
Attorneys for Pilot Flying J are expected to ask the judicial panel to deter consideration of pending motions to transfer the case.