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VOL. 128 | NO. 145 | Friday, July 26, 2013

Trucking Companies Argue Against Pilot Settlement

CLARKE CANFIELD | Associated Press

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A group of trucking companies wants to move ahead with lawsuits against the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Attorney John Walker told a panel of federal judges in Portland, Maine, on Thursday that last week's class-action settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebate fraud claims was a surprise for the companies that weren't involved in the negotiations. Those nine companies aren't interested in the settlement and instead want to consolidate their cases, preferably in Mississippi.

Pilot and the trucking companies that negotiated the settlement have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to put the other lawsuits on hold. Attorney Don Barrett argued that consolidation in Mississippi could delay payments to the companies that want to take the settlement.

Travis Loller contributed to this report from Nashville, Tenn.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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