Pilot sued by New Jersey fleets even after settlement reached

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Updated Aug 20, 2013

pilot flying jNational Retail Transportation, Inc., and Keystone Freight Corp. — two fleets that share an address in Hasbrouch Heights, New Jersey — are the latest fleets to file a lawsuit against national truck stop chain Pilot Flying J in the wake of federal allegations that the company withheld owed fuel rebates from trucking company customers.

Similar to the more-than-20 other fleets to sue Pilot, the carriers are suing over counts of conversion and violation of the Racketeering, Influence and Corruption Organizations Act, unjust enrichment, deceptive trade practices and forms of conspiracy.

The companies are seeking payment for damages, punitive damages, treble damages, interest and attorney’s fees.

An Arkansas court ruled to settle class-action litigation against the company, in which Pilot agreed to repay money owed to members of the class along with 6 percent interest.

A judicial panel last week deferred other outstanding lawsuits to that ruling, too.

A court-appointed accountant will approve the amounts owed to Pilot customers. Class members have until Oct. 15 to opt out of the settlement, which would allow them to pursue their own lawsuit against the company.

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