Pilot settles lawsuit with Nashville company

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A Nashville trucking firm has settled its lawsuit over rebate fraud by the Pilot Flying J truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1bUSOaY) that Western Express has withdrawn its lawsuit filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court in Louisiana that alleged the company had lost more than $75 million over rebates withheld by Pilot, including $68 million in expenses related to additional debt obligations it was forced to take on.

Paul Wieck, the president of Western Express, told the newspaper Thursday that the lawsuit had been settled, but declined to disclose terms of the deal.

Western Express was among several companies that declined to participate in Pilot's $85 million class-action settlement in November.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com


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