Kansas City trucking firm sues Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Kansas City trucking firm has sued Pilot Flying J in connection with a fuel-rebate scandal that is the subject of a federal investigation.

NKC Transportation filed the suit on Wednesday in Knox County Circuit Court, alleging that it has not received the full amount of diesel fuel rebates that it was due, and as a result was required to incur additional debt.

In April, FBI and IRS agents raided Knoxville-based Pilot's corporate headquarters as part of a probe into accusations the company for years shortchanged trucking clients on promised diesel rebates. Seven Pilot workers have pleaded guilty in the case, and the company has faced multiple civil lawsuits.

Pilot has reached a settlement deal with several plaintiffs, and that proposed settlement is scheduled to receive a fairness hearing in November. As part of that deal, the company agreed to pay 100 percent of losses plus 6 percent interest and attorney's fees to all members of the settlement class.

In its lawsuit, NKC said it does not wish to participate in the settlement.

NKC is represented by Georgia lawyer Mark Tate and Knoxville lawyer Drew McElroy, who also represent other plaintiffs who have sued in Circuit Court.

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