According to a ruling by a U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, lawsuits still outstanding against Pilot Flying J regarding its fraudulent rebate scheme will not be consolidated.
In July, a United States District Court judge in Arkansas approved a proposed settlement agreement involving Pilot Flying J and the plaintiffs of about half of the 18 or so class-action lawsuits that have been brought against it involving the truck stop giant’s deliberate reduction of fuel rebates. According to that settlement, Pilot Flying J must conduct an internal audit and pay any and all of the amount owed to each eligible member in the discount programs plus six percent interest of the principal owed. Pilot Flying J must also pay all auditing costs, attorney’s fees, and court costs.
Since then, other companies not a part of, or interested in, that settlement want to move ahead and consolidate their lawsuits in Mississippi. Pilot Flying J and the companies that negotiated the Arkansas court settlement asked the panel to put the outstanding lawsuits on hold until after November 25. At that time an Arkansas judge will hold a fairness hearing on their proposed settlement. They argued that a consolidation would disrupt the upcoming hearing and delay payments.
In its ruling denying consolidation, the court said, “The Eastern District of Arkansas recently granted preliminary approval of a proposed nationwide class settlement, and final approval of the settlement will be considered in a few months. Centralization at this time could delay settlement proceedings.”
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