Pilot Flying J denies allegations in fuel rebate lawsuit

Pilot Flying J denies allegations in fuel rebate lawsuit


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An attorney for Pilot Flying J filed a response to some of the fuel rebate lawsuits filed against the company on Friday, denying all allegations against the company, saying the plaintiffs do not have standing, and claiming some of the plaintiffs owe Pilot money.

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In the document, filed just ahead of a deadline, Pilot attorney Albert J. Harb says plaintiff Atlantic Coast Carriers was not a Pilot customer during the time periods alleged in the complaint, and therefore is not due any money under the rebate program.

The filing also states Glazier Trucking and Golden Carriers are not owed any money, and were overpaid by Pilot in the amounts of $64.19 and $1,465.97, respectively. Blachowske Truck Line is also stated as not owed any money. The three companies joined Atlantic Coast's lawsuit in April, and are not part of a proposed settlement agreement.

A judge denied Pilot's motion for a stay earlier this month, which would have put this case on hold until the settlement is finalized.

A ruling is expected next month on whether Pilot executives, including CEO Jimmy Haslam, will have to give depositions.

Pilot Flying J was the subject of an April 15 FBI raid after a whistleblower alerted federal officials that the company was not paying customers properly for rebates they earned for diesel fuel purchases.

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