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.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A new lawsuit filed by a Georgia trucking company joins more than 20 other similar complaints alleging fraud by Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J Travel Centers.
Cedar Creek Trucking, based in Dalton, Georgia, filed its complaint in Knox County Circuit Court in Knoxville.
The complaint brings to 23 the number of trucking companies across the country claiming Haslam's company cheated truckers on promised fuel rebates.
In conjunction with the lawsuit, Cedar Creek's attorneys are seeking to question Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam under oath about the alleged rebate fraud during a video taped deposition scheduled for Oct. 15, 2013.
Notices for video taped depositions have also been filed for former company president Mark Hazelwood, Vice-President John Freeman and spokesperson Tom Ingram.
Included in the lawsuit is notice that "Cedar Creek does not with to participate" in a proposed settlement agreement reached last month in a federal court in Arkansas.
A federal judge in Little Rock approved the proposed settlement that incudes an offer from Pilot Flying J to pay 100% of fuel rebates shortages, plus interest and attorney fees.
The "opt out" deadline for trucking companies to take part in the settlement is October 15, 2013.
Cedar Creek's attorneys say Pilot Flying J advised the company "that it had not completed any internal audits of former customers and did not anticipate having this done" until sometime this fall and were unable to provide information about exactly how much was owed the company.
Cedar Creek lawyers say "it appears that Pilot seeks to again ensnare the unsophisticated by having a class action settlement approved, the terms of which will likely remain undisclosed by Pilot until after the opt out date."
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