Pilot Flying J case draws legal firepower

Pilot Flying J case draws legal firepower

September 17th, 2013 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Business Around the Region

Pilot Flying J's corporate offices are pictured in this file photo.

Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Times Free Press.

Don Barrett is a Mississippi trial lawyer who made his reputation - and a lot of money - in the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.

After federal agents raided the headquarters of Pilot Flying J on April 15, seeking evidence of fuel rebate fraud, it didn't take long for Barrett to be approached about making a case against the company.

Barrett already knew Aubrey Harwell, the Nashville attorney helming Pilot's legal defense, and called him with a simple proposition.

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