Two more lawsuits filed against Pilot over alleged rebate fraud scheme

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two more trucking companies headquartered in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, alleging the truck stop chain engaged in “rebate fraud” by manually reducing the rebate amounts the companies were owed.

Keystone Freight Corp. and National Retail Transportation Inc., which are both registered to the same address in North Bergen, N.J., claim they had a contractual relationship to purchase their diesel fuel from Pilot. According to court documents, the trucking companies allege Pilot “negligently, wantonly, intentionally understated the amount due under the rebate program and paid National Retail Transportation Inc. and Keystone Freight Corp. less than what was owed under the rebate program on a regular basis.”

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER site, Keystone Freight has 519 power units and 512 drivers and National Retail Transportation has 285 power units and 279 drivers.

The complaint was originally filed in Superior Court in Bergen County, N.J., on June 25, but was transferred to U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 9.

The complaint alleges that Pilot “wrongfully converted rebate funds” due to the trucking companies for “their own use,” as well as racketeering charges.

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