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Browns owner Haslam agrees to settle suits for as much as $40 million
Thousands of trucking companies eligible to be repaid
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam settled a civil suit today, but still faces a federal criminal investigation of his truck stop company's fuel rebate program.
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Cleveland Brown' owner Jimmy Haslam and his company, Pilot Flying J, have reached a settlement with trucking companies claiming they were cheated out of fuel rebates. The deal was approved today by a federal judge in Arkansas, and as many as 4,500 Pilot customers are eligible for refunds. Mississippi attorney Don Barrett is lead counsel for the plaintiffs.  

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“What this settlement achieves is that,  without any limitations, every trucking company customer of Pilot that participated in the fuel-rebate program will have his account audited and every penny that is owed is going to be repaid with interest.”

Barrett says Pilot Flying J estimates the settlement will cost the company between $26 and $40 million, not including millions in legal fees. Barrett also says he applauds Haslam for doing the right thing.

The settlement stipulates that Haslam and his company are not admitting any wrong-doing. And he and Pilot are still undergoing a federal criminal investigation.

Haslam  denies any wrongdoing. So far, five of the company’s employees have pleaded guilty.

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