TRANSPORTATION LAW ALERT
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers Class Action Settlement with Truckers Alleging Fraud
Please be aware that if you purchased fuel from a Pilot Flying J Travel Center, you may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit. Truckers who alleged they were cheated of promised fuel rebates from Pilot Flying J Travel Centers have reached a settlement in their class action lawsuits. As many as 400 trucking companies could be included in the settlement agreement with a payout of almost $42 million.
Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and Pilot Flying J, said that he plans to "pay truckers 100% of the money they are owed".
Haslam also stated that, "Pilot Flying J will pay all court, administrative, accounting, mailing, processing and legal costs incurred."
The Class Action Settlement agreement was approved Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Attorneys for both sides have already signed off on the agreement that provides:
- Cash settlement for all claims, plus 6%
- Two sets of auditors to calculate disputed dollar amounts
- Up to 25% paid in damages
- Pilot Flying J will pay all costs, including attorney fees
So far, at least 21 trucking companies in the U.S. have filed lawsuits. More than 4,000 customers of the Pilot Flying J fall into the Settlement Class as defined in the agreement.
Trucking companies that have been deemed eliglible by the court to participate in the class action will be notified soon. Those companies will recieve a notification of rights from the court as well as instructions on how to file claims.
If you have any questions regarding this class action, please contact one of our Transportation Law attorneys at 816.931.2700.