(Knoxville, TN) - Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is the subject of a restraining order request.
The Knoxville News reports it comes from a trucking company suing Haslam’s Pilot Flying J. The restraining order request filed Thursday accuses Haslam, the company’s CEO, of obstructing justice and buying off cheated customers.
Attorneys Drew McElroy and Mark Tate claim Haslam’s efforts to “do the right thing” have included asking customers to sign releases giving up their rights to sue.
“At issue in this case is the danger that ... defendants are inducing potential class members to waive important rights before they obtain proper legal advice or know the full extent of any damages they have,” the attorneys wrote. “The amounts defendants are now offering potential class members may be well below the full amount of their claims.
Defendants should not now be permitted to influence witnesses and pay what they should have paid years ago in an attempt to undermine the class-action process.”
Knox County Circuit Judge Harold Wimberly could rule on the motion next week. Pilot lawyers weren’t immediately available for comment on the motion but have denied the company’s doing anything wrong.
Pilot’s lawyer called the accusations “outrageous.”
Haslam told reporters earlier this week that he's been reaching out to trucking customers who feel they might have been shorted on fuel rebates and discounts. Haslam has also offered to repay them what they’re owed.
The Knoxville News says Atlantic Coast Carriers of Hazelhurst, Ga., filed a lawsuit against Pilot in Circuit Court last week seeking class-action status and accusing the company of racketeering violations.
FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided Pilot headquarters last week as part of a probe into claims of fuel rebate fraud.
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