UPDATE: Trucking company files for restraining order against Pilot Flying J
By Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam during a press conference Monday in the boardroom at their Knoxville headquarters. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- The trucking company suing Pilot Flying J accused CEO
Jimmy Haslam of obstructing justice and buying off cheated customers in a
motion for a restraining order filed today.
Attorneys Drew McElroy and Mark Tate claim Haslam's efforts to "do
the right thing" have included asking customers to sign releases giving
up their rights to sue.
"At issue in this case is the danger that ... defendants are inducing
potential class members to waive important rights before they obtain
proper legal advice or know the full extent of any damages they have,"
the attorneys wrote. "The amounts defendants are now offering potential
class members may be well below the full amount of their claims. ...
Defendants should not now be permitted to influence witnesses and pay
what they should have paid years ago in an attempt to undermine the
Knox County Circuit Judge Harold Wimberly could rule on the motion
next week. Pilot lawyers weren't immediately available for comment on
the motion but have denied the company's doing anything wrong.
Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:13:27 GMT
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