Pilot settles lawsuit with Nashville company

Pilot settles lawsuit with Nashville company

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nashville trucking company Western Express has settled its lawsuit against Pilot Flying J over rebate fraud.

The trucking company withdrew its lawsuit filed in Louisiana, which alleged the company lost more than $75 million over rebates withheld by Pilot, including $68 million related to additional debt obligations it was forced to take on.

Western Express President Paul Wieck told 6 News the lawsuit had been settled but could not disclose the terms.

Pilot Flying J has been under fire since April after an FBI raid of the headquarters in Knoxville revealed an alleged rebate scam. According to the federal affidavit authorities believe several members of the company's sales team knowingly cheated customers out of money owed from fuel rebates.

In July, Pilot Flying J came to a proposed settlement agreement where the diesel giant agreed to pay back all money owed plus interest to the involved parties.

Trucking companies not part of that settlement had until mid-October to opt out, or else they would be considered potential class action members.

One hundred and forty-six companies opted out of the court action and are suing the company on their own.

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