One of the largest private companies in the country, based here in Knoxville, faces a new challenge in court.
The rebate scandal at Pilot Flying J has now attracted another class action lawsuit from customers looking for their day in court against the fuel company.
The filing of that suit comes during the ongoing federal investigation into whether Pilot sales reps intentionally short-changed trucking companies through a rebate program.
Currently, there are lawsuits filed against Pilot Flying J in Knox County, Arkansas, and Alabama. Now, you can add another filed in federal court down in Mississippi.
Specifically, lawyer Bruce Taylor in Jackson, Mississippi, filed the suit.
It repeatedly refers to the affidavit from when the FBI raided Pilot headquarters back on April 15th. That affidavit included transcripts of secretly recorded conversations, where Pilot sales reps talked about intentionally paying trucking companies less than what they were actually owed in rebates.
This newest lawsuit says it seeks damages, but does not give a dollar amount.
Pilot lawyers were in court Monday in a separate lawsuit from a group of lawyers in Georgia. After that hearing, a Pilot spokesman told us the company fully expects to have a lot of days in court.
"Our counsel has advised us that in a matter like this, you can expect class action suits to come out of the woodwork." said Tom Ingram.
None of these lawsuits have been certified as a class action case yet.
In the meantime, Pilot says it continues to reach out to customers that may have been affected by its rebate program.
The company also says it plans to hire its own investigator to look into these accusations of fraud. Right now, Pilot says it hopes to have that investigator hired sometime this week, maybe as soon as tomorrow.