Federal panel rules for Pilot Flying J; company shuffles sales team
By Josh Flory, Knoxville News Sentinel
Pilot Flying J corporate headquarters in Knoxville. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Pilot Flying J won a round in court Thursday, as a federal panel sided with the company regarding the consolidation of civil lawsuits.
The Knoxville-based chain of truck stops is facing multiple suits in connection with an alleged fuel rebate fraud scheme, and it had previously reached a settlement with eight plaintiffs.
Other plaintiffs have not joined the settlement, though, and they were pushing to consolidate the cases in a different location. Pilot and the settling plaintiffs sought to defer a consolidation until after Nov. 25, when an Arkansas judge is slated to hold a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement.
Last month in Portland, Maine, the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation listened to arguments on that issue from attorneys for Pilot and various plaintiffs.