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Pilot Flying J to pay $92M fine in fuel rebate withholding scheme
Pilot Flying J has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve the criminal investigation into the company’s fraudulent rebate withholding scheme, agreeing to pay a $92 million fine. That’s in addition to the $85 million civil settlement from November.
July 14, 2014
Pilot Flying J ousts V.P. of sales John Freeman in wake of rebate scandal
Pilot Flying J’s Vice President of Sales, John Freeman, has been fired by the truck stop chain and fuel provider, a source has confirmed with CCJ.
June 2, 2014
Mark Hazelwood out as Pilot Flying J president
Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood is no longer with the company, a source close to the investigation has told CCJ. Hazelwood is one of the company’s executives named in a 120-page federal affidavit released last April that points to potential involvement in a fraudulent fuel rebate withholding scheme.
May 20, 2014
Court consolidates remaining Pilot Flying J lawsuits, moves them to Kentucky
The seven outstanding lawsuits against Pilot Flying J in the wake of the company’s alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme have been consolidated and transferred to a federal district court in Kentucky, according to court documents.
April 11, 2014
Pilot wants remaining lawsuits consolidated, cases moved to Tennessee court
A judicial panel will hear argument March 27 on a request by Pilot Flying J to consolidate seven of the remaining 17 fuel-rebate withholding lawsuits against the fuel provider and truck stop chain and transfer them to a federal court in East Tennessee, where Pilot is headquartered.
February 25, 2014
Three Pilot employees plead guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud charges in rebate withholding case
Three more Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to fraud or conspiracy charges surrounding accusations that the company systematically cheated trucking companies out of millions in owed fuel rebates over a seven-year period.
January 28, 2014
95% of 5,500 trucking companies in Pilot Flying J’s settlement have received payment, Pilot says
In an update posted on its Rebate Education website, Pilot Flying J said that by the end of 2013, it had paid back about 95 percent of the 5,500 trucking companies owed money in the class-action settlement an Arkansas court approved in November.
January 17, 2014
Judge dismisses racketeering claims against Pilot in lawsuit, upholds other portions
A U.S. District Court in Alabama has dismissed portions of a lawsuit brought against Pilot Flying J by Wright Transportation that alleges the company violated racketeering laws. It also dismissed claims that Pilot violated deceptive trade practice laws. It did uphold breach of contract counts, though.
January 13, 2014
Pilot settles with Western Express, who said Pilot cost it $75 million in rebate withholding scheme
Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with Western Express in a lawsuit in which the carrier said Pilot’s alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme cost it $75 million in expenses and debt, according to a Pilot spokesperson.
January 10, 2014
Updated figures on Pilot settlement terms: Company will pay $85M to class members
More recent court documents show Pilot Flying J will be paying $84.9 million in its settlement agreement, including $56.5 million for owed fuel rebates, nearly $10 million in interest and $14 million in attorney’s fees incurred by class members.
November 26, 2013
Pilot Flying J’s $72M settlement for 5,500 trucking companies approved in court
A judge has given final approval to Pilot Flying J’s class-action settlement agreement with trucking companies who sued the fuel provider and truck stop chain over alleged rebate withholding fraud. Pilot will be paying out about $72 million to roughly 5,500 class members — all of them trucking companies.
November 25, 2013
Pilot Flying J seeking final court approval of settlement in fuel rebate fraud case
The filing asks for the class-action settlement to be stamped for final approval by the court, as just 1 percent of class members have opted out and no members of the class filed an objection with the court.
November 22, 2013
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