Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J launches rebate settlement website for truckers

Truckers have 5 choices to protect legal rights

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J Travel Centers have launched a fuel rebate website for trucking companies that believe they were cheated out of thousands of dollars in promised fuel rebates.

In a news release, the company said the "the court's order establishes procedures for notice of the settlement, including the establishment of a website maintained by the class administrator."

The class administrators' website spells out the terms and conditions of the proposed settlement.

Haslam and Pilot Flying J are promising truckers who take part in the settlement that they will receive 100 percent of money owed, plus 6 percent interest.

But truckers have several choices they can make that will affect their legal rights, according to the website.

Truckers can:

*Receive a payment and a check will be mailed.

*Exclude themselves and choose not to participate. This is the only option that allows truckers to sue Pilot Flying J over claims.

*Object. Write the court about why you do not like the settlement.

*Go to a hearing: Ask the the court about the fairness of settlement.

*Do nothing: Give up your rights to sue Pilot and others, but still receive a check if eligible.

The website instructs truckers to view the complete notice and court documents and warns there are deadlines to exercise their legal rights.

Attorneys for some trucking companies have expressed doubts about the proposed settlement and say truckers will be shortchanged by accepting the company's offer.

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