Pilot settles some of remaining lawsuits in fuel rebate scheme

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pilotThree of the seven carriers who opted out of Pilot’s $85 million class-action settlement reached in 2013 filed court motions this week to drop their lawsuits against the truck stop chain and fuel provider, saying they have reached settlements with the company.

Osborn Transportation, National Retail Transportation and Shoreline Transportation informed the U.S. District Court in Kentucky handling the case that settlements have been reached on “all claims against the defendants,” which include Pilot Flying J and some members of the company’s management, including Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam.

No details about the settlements were included in the court documents, but all three filings say the parties in the lawsuits have until April 10 to reach an agreement.

As long as an agreement is reached, the court says it will consider the suits dismissed, according to the court documents.

Four other lawsuits against Pilot still remain in the fuel rebate withholding case.

The seven carriers opted out of the $85 million reached with 5,500 trucking companies in July 2013 to sue the carrier separately.

The carriers’ litigation also included counts against Haslam, who has denied wrongdoing throughout the entirety of the saga.

Judge Amul Thapar, who’s been overseeing the case since the seven suits were consolidated last year, struck several counts against Haslam and Pilot, though about 25 counts of various fraud accusations.

Pilot also reached a $92 million settlement with the Justice Department last year, absolving it of criminal responsibility. Individuals may still be prosecuted in the case, however.

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