Some businesses in Ohio may be involved in a settlement that Pilot Flying J, which is the biggest diesel retailer in the U.S. with revenue of approximately $30 billion annually, has reached with 5,500 trucking companies. The $84.9 million settlement was recently approved by an Arkansas federal judge. Included in the amount is $14 million for the trucking companies' legal fees.
The settlement was reached at the end of a hearing that lasted only an hour regarding claims that the company had cheated truckers out of rebates. The alleged violations in the lawsuit included fraud, breach of contract, fraudulent concealment, unjust enrichment, and various other claims. According to an attorney for the truckers, much of the settlement has already been paid out, and none of the plaintiffs filed any formal objection to the proposal before it was approved.