New federal corruption charges filed by Alabama trucking company in FBI Jimmy Haslam probe

Trucking company alleges racketeering

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - New federal corruption charges have been filed alleging racketeering charges against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J company.

Shoreline Transportation of Alabama filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama.

John Michael Bowling is an attorney representing Shoreline owner Don Gremillion and said his client "trusted higher ups" at Pilot Flying J for years.

"Don considered these guys, higher ups, as personal friends," said Bowling.

Shoreline's lawsuit differs from eight others filed since the April 15, 2013 raid by the FBI in that it is not seeking class action status.

Instead, Shoreline Transportation is suing Pilot Flying J under the Federal  Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act and seeks to compensate Shoreline for all monies wrongfully kept as well as triple damages and payment of attorney fees.

So far, two Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to cheating trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates.

Haslam has consistently said he was unaware of any wrongdoing.

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