Attorney wants judge to order Haslam not to contact customers

4:08 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam addressed the recent federal investigation into his company.
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A Georgia attorney says he is going to ask a judge to order Pilot Flying J C.E.O. Jimmy Haslam not to contact any of the trucking companies allegedly defrauded in a rebate scheme.

Mark Tate has filed a lawsuit that is seeking class action status against Pilot Flying J, following last week's raid by the FBI and other federal agencies.

He says Haslam's efforts to reach out to the allegedly defrauded customers is "inappropriate and wrong."

Haslam said in on Monday that he was reaching out to some of those customers to "repair relationships."

Tate says those company leaders are witnesses, and Haslam can't pay them off and call it even.

He says a number of potential clients have reached out to him about the possibility of joining the lawsuit if it receives class action status, but would not say how many.

A spokesperson for Pilot Flying J released this response to Tate's request:  "Counsel for Pilot Flying J considers these allegations outrageous when the company is trying to do the right thing and correct any wrongs that may have occurred. To even suggest that it's inappropriate is ludicrous."

Meanwhile, the investigation could impact Pilot Flying J's credit rating.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Moody's Investors Service put the company on review for a downgrade after the investigation went public last week.

Standard and Poor's downgraded Pilot's rating last year from a BB to a BB plus with a stable outlook.

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