Though court has issued settlement, Pilot sued by another fleet

| August 12, 2013

pilot 2Another fleet has sued Pilot Flying J over allegations that the fuel provider defrauded customers by withholding owed fuel rebates, even though an Arkansas court ruled last month to settle the cases against the company for the affected class and a judicial panel last week deferred other outstanding cases to the Arkansas ruling.

Cedar Creek, a fleet located in Dalton, Ga., is suing Pilot for counts of conversion, fraud, violation of consumer protection laws, breach of contract and is seeking actual damages, punitive damages and attorney’s fees. It also requests a jury trial.

The ruling made in Arkansas court, however, appears to be the end of the litigation against Pilot. A U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled in July that Pilot would be responsible for repaying all money owed to affected fleets, along with 6 percent interest, attorney’s fees and administrative costs.. The settlements with each member of the class would be approved by a court-appointed accountant.

Last week, a judicial panel in New Hampshire denied requests by plaintiffs in other lawsuits to consolidate the remaining cases against the company. That court said that consolidation would disrupt the settlement already made in the Arkansas court and deferred to the prior ruling.

  • Dan Gerster

    PUT PILOT OUT OF BUSINESS QUIT BUYING FUEL AT PILOT LOCATIONS DON NOT BUY PILOT PARK THERE BUT DONT BUY ANYTHING DEFRAUD THE TRUCKERS PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS THE GOVERNMENT PUT U OUT OF BUSINESS IF U FRAUDED THE GOVERNMENT!!

  • trucky

    I dislike government intervention, but once upon a time there was a phone company refered to as Ma Bell. They were everywhere and they were growing. The government stepped in and forced the giant to shrink and sell off some areas of monopoly. Now we have Pilot aggressively growing and devouring competittors with little thought or regard to others. They “rescued” Flying J while also destroying the small town atmosphere that Flying J felt like. The CEO is s full of himself that he bought an NFL team. to help pay for this he apparently thinks it is ok to steal from his loyal customers and those that have signed agreements based on volumes.
    Time for some govt. oversight into the monopoly that is being ignored. They are following the Walmart plan to seek and destroy.

  • Good Luck

    Are you ready to pay a lot more for fuel if you put them out of business? Not saying what they did is right, but there will be tighter regulation now and if you put them out of business, you might be putting yourself out of business too!

  • 5trucks

    We are a small fleet company and Pilot never offered us any kick-backs for fueling there. As far as I’m concerned; they owe us nothing except to provide the products and services we use at a fair and competitive price. If they offered kick-backs to the huge fleets and then failed to pay; that’s their problem, and frankly – anything that drives operating expenses up for a mega-fleet operation is fine by me. What bugs me is that companies like Swift, CR England, Werner and the others get all the “attention” from fuel and service providers but collectively, owner-operators and small fleets still account for the majority of all fuel sales in this country. I think they should level the playing field by selling their goods and services for the same price to everyone… all any fuel and service provider has to do to earn my business is provide good value. It’s not good value when my competitor can buy the same product or service at the same place for less than I can. I don’t understand why so many “truckers” are upset because mega-fleets aren’t getting their kick-backs.

  • SoftRide

    I may be wrong but I think that class action settlements usually allow for “opting out”. Pilot deserves to pay extra money to those they committed crimes against if that is determined.

  • No Reform

    haslam needs to go to Prison. Does he get to go free?
    Has he paid his way out of the judicial sysem too?

  • No Reform

    Rico Statutes apply to this racketeering Haslam is doing and Defrauding the PUBLIC….when does he go to Jail??

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