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Pilot Flying J hit with new lawsuit

5:37 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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Two more lawsuits were filed late Wednesday against the Pilot Flying J. company and CEO Jimmy Haslam.

The two lawsuits were filed separately, one in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis and the other in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.

R&R Transportation, Inc. filed the Minneapolis class action complaint.

That lawsuit names Pilot Corporation, Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, Pilot Flying J., James A. Haslam, III, John Freeman, Brian Mosher, Mark Hazelwood, and Mitch Steenrod as defendants.

R&R Transportation claims the defendants intentionally defrauded the company in the fuel discounts and rebates over a period of eight years.

In the Townes Trucking's lawsuit, a company based in Coffeeville, Mississippi, the same allegations against Pilot Flying J and the other defendants are made.

This is the latest in series of lawsuits that continue to mount against the country's largest chain of truck stops.

All of the lawsuits filed since the FBI and IRS raided Pilot Flying J's headquarters back in April allege that the companies suing were parties to a fuel rebate and/or discount contract with Flying J between approximately 2008 until the present, under which Flying J was required to credit or refund a certain percentage of their fuel purchases on a monthly basis.

They all allege Pilot Flying J obtained money by false promises and "...intentionally, unilaterally and fraudulently reduced and withheld fuel rebates and/or discounts owed..."

They allege that since 2005, Pilot Flying J "...intentionally devised, engaged in, condoned and/or ratified the above-referenced nationwide scheme to defraud and cheat plaintiff and class members and/or obtained money from Plaintiff and Class Members under false promises..."

Pilot Flying J. reports revenues exceeding $29 billion each year.

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