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Pilot Flying J agrees to settle lawsuit

Published On: Jul 25 2013 10:59:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2013 01:10:45 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

**UPDATE**

The head of a group formed for the purpose of filing a lawsuit against a truck stop chain run by Jimmy Haslam says the group is not a "shell company" for the chain.
The Pilot Flying J national diesel retail chain has agreed to settle the lawsuit, filed in Arkansas by National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services, LLC.
National trucking was founded days after the FBI unveiled allegations that the company's sales force reduced the amount of rebates smaller trucking companies were owed.
Attorneys for other trucking companies suing pilot said the settlement was inadequate and called national trucking a "shell company."
But a representative said in a statement he created the group solely to "seek justice."

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A group of trucking companies wants to move ahead with lawsuits against the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, brother of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

An attorney told a panel of federal judges that last week's class-action settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebate fraud claims was a surprise for the companies that weren't involved in the negotiations.

Those nine companies aren't interested in the settlement and instead want to consolidate their cases.

Pilot and the trucking companies that negotiated the settlement have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on multidistrict litigation to put the other lawsuits on hold.