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Judge could rule Monday on restraining order sought against Pilot

Matt Lakin • Apr 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM

The trucking company suing Pilot Flying J accused CEO Jimmy Haslam of obstructing justice and buying off cheated customers in a motion for a restraining order filed Thursday.

A judge could decide Monday whether Haslam and his company crossed a legal line from making amends to witness-tampering by offering to pay up the difference to any trucking companies shorted on fuel rebates as part of what federal authorities claim amounted to an interstate fraud conspiracy. Pilot’s lawyer calls the claims “outrageous” and unfounded.

Lawyers for Atlantic Coast Carriers of Hazlehurst, Ga., filed a lawsuit last week in Knox County Circuit Court accusing Pilot of racketeering violations and seeking class-action status for Pilot’s trucking customers. The lawsuit came five days after FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided Pilot’s corporate headquarters in West Knoxville on April 15 as part of an investigation into claims of rebate fraud.

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