6th trucking firm sues Pilot Flying J

6th trucking firm sues Pilot Flying J

May 15th, 2013 by The Tennessean in Business Around the Region

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam speaks to the media during a news conference at the Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

An Alabama firm has become the sixth trucking company to file suit against Pilot Flying J in the wake of a federal investigation into charges that the travel center chain cheated truckers out of promised rebates.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama, lawyers for Osborn Transportation of Gadsen accuse Pilot Flying J of breach of contract, unjust enrichment fraud and violations of consumer protection statutes.

The 11-page complaint cites the recent 120-page filing by federal investigators who raided Pilot Flying J's Knoxville headquarters on April 15. The FBI affidavit charges that Pilot salesmen secretly reduced the amount of rebates promised to truckers in order to boost their own commissions and company profits.

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