Judge denies Haslam's request to back off deposition

By Land Line staff | Monday, May 02, 2016

On April 29, Mobile Circuit Court Judge Sarah Stewart denied a request from Pilot Flying J’s chief executive officer to reconsider her previous order that he sit for deposition in the ongoing fraud case facing his company. Earlier this year, Jimmy Haslam – who has not been charged and who has denied knowledge of any scheme – was ordered to sit for a deposition, something his lawyers immediately asked the judge to reconsider.

Pilot Flying J has been accused of cheating customers in a fuel rebate scam by not delivering promised discounts and rebates. Several top company officials have been indicted and are awaiting their own trials. While most of the cases in an initial class action lawsuit have been settled out of court, several companies are still pursuing their own lawsuits. One of those cases is Wright Transportation, based in Mobile, Ala. The deposition of Haslam is part of the Wright case.

Haslam’s attorneys have also filed for a protective order claiming the case should not move forward until jurisdictional issues are resolved. Arguments on that motion will be heard on May 13.

Land Line Now Senior Correspondent Terry Scruton contributed to this report.

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