National 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.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.