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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The nation's largest diesel retailer has reached a speedy settlement with some customers cheated out of rebate money.

Experts say that's all the better for Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, whose family owns the truck stop chain.

Jimmy Haslam runs Pilot Flying J, which was founded by his father. Gov. Bill Haslam left the company to run for Knoxville mayor in 2003 and still has an ownership stake.

Their prominent positions give them incentive to put the scandal behind them as quickly as possible: Bill Haslam has a looming re-election campaign, and Jimmy Haslam could face sanctions from the NFL if it isn't dealt with.

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press