A federal judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit targeting Pilot Flying J, the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
The suit claims Pilot fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers. Plaintiffs' attorneys say they need to go through the discovery process first to determine what was stolen from their clients. A Pilot attorney says a company audit gives a full picture of the damages. Pilot paid 85 million dollars to settle similar claims in a class-action lawsuit, but some of the trucking companies opted out. Pilot also recently agreed to pay a 92 million dollar penalty to avoid criminal charges against the company. Several company officials have been charged in the scheme.