Consolidated Pilot/Flying J Litigation Heading to Kentucky

On April 7, 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated seven separate lawsuits (pending in six different jurisdictions) against, among others, Pilot Corp. (Pilot) and Pilot Travel Centers LLC d/b/a Pilot Flying J (Flying J). The Panel transferred the consolidation “multidistrict” litigation to U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar’s court in the Eastern District of Kentucky. The Panel noted that Judge Thapar is currently presiding over related criminal proceedings in the Eastern District of Tennessee, which gives him familiarity with the facts involved in the consolidated cases. Allegations of fraud have been asserted against Pilot and/or Flying J in each of the seven lawsuits brought by various plaintiffs, including FST Express, Inc., J.F. Freight Company, Inc., Mario’s Express Service, Inc., National Retail Transportation, Inc., Keystone Freight Corp., Osborn Transportation, Inc., Shoreline Transportation of Alabama USA, Inc., Triple D Supply, LLC, and Wright Transportation, Inc. And there could be more lawsuits to come. As the Panel noted that, Pilot and Flying J claim that another 50 plaintiffs opted out of a class settlement, which makes it likely that additional related actions will be filed.


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