First civil suit filed against Pilot following rebate investigation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) --- The first civil lawsuit against Pilot Flying J has been filed in Knox County following an FBI investigation into an alleged rebate scam. Atlantic Coast Carriers Inc. filed the suit claiming the company withheld money owed to them.

The charges in the suit include racketeering and breach of contract. They use the FBI search warrant affidavit as evidence. Atlantic Coast is seeking a jury trial, as well as actual and punitive damages.

On Friday, a day after a federal court unsealed an FBI affidavit in an ongoing investigation of customer rebate fraud at Pilot Flying J, Haslam sat down with reporters. He said he hasn't done anything wrong and isn't stepping aside amid a federal investigation of his company's business practices.

The company is a chain of truck stops the Haslam family owns. No charges have been filed.

The Pilot headquarters was raided Monday by federal agents after employees told the FBI and said in secretly recorded conversations that Haslam knew his sales staff was improperly cutting rebates to Pilot's diesel fuel customers.

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