Flying J sued in class action

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Steve Larson

Fotolia TruckA Mississippi trucker has filed another federal lawsuit related to the FBI probe of alleged cheating by Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J company.

Bruce Taylor, a resident of Holmes County, Mississipi, filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

The lawsuit quoted extensively from a government affidavit that alleged that certain Pilot employees for years had conspired to engage in rebate fraud against unsophisticated trucking companies.

Among other things, the suit seeks compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at trial.

Several class action suits have already been filed, including actions in Knox County Circuit Court and federal courts in Arkansas and Alabama.

Meanwhile, Morehouse Trucking in Omaha, Nebraska confirms it received a wire transfer from Haslam Monday that now pays back $146,000.

Kurt Morehouse said Haslam has “made things completely whole.”

On Monday, a Knox County judge presiding in the local case rejected a bid to prevent Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam from contacting trucking companies potentially affected by the alleged scheme.