Wisconsin trucking company's lawsuit names Jimmy Haslam

Wisconsin trucking company's lawsuit names Jimmy Haslam, other Pilot Flying J executives

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Wisconsin trucking company asks for $5 million or more in damages, claiming that Pilot Flying J and its top executives fraudulently reduced and withheld rebates and discounts.

The lawsuit is the latest in several that have been filed following revelations that the FBI and IRS were investigating Pilot Flying J.

It was filed on behalf of Edis Trucking, Inc., of Racine, Wisc., and accuses Pilot Flying J Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Haslam and several other executives of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The lawsuit seeks class action status to allow other businesses to join in the action against the Knoxville-based fuel company.

It was filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois.

Under the RICO Act, the court can award to plaintiffs that win their cases punitive damages that equal up to three times the amount of actual and compensatory damages awarded.

Edis Trucking's lawsuit also asks for a temporary injunction or permanent injunction against Pilot, based on gross revenues earned or withheld through the alleged manipulation of fuel rebates and discounts.

Other executives named in the lawsuit are Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, Chief Financial Officer Mitch Steenrod, Vice President of National Sales Scott Wombold, and Vice President of Sales John Freeman.

The basis of the lawsuit is information released last month by the FBI from a two-year investigation into alleged wrongdoing at Pilot.

Court affidavits say two Pilot employees tipped off the agency of practices that were, in the words the affidavit, "discount fraud" and "rebate fraud."

No trials have taken place and no criminal charges have been filed yet in the case, but a number of civil lawsuits have already been filed by trucking companies that had contracts with Pilot Flying J.

Flying J is the largest truck stop chain in the United States.

According to Edis Trucking's website, the Wisconsin company operates a fleet of 40 trucks and 45 van trailers.



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