Judge to Decide if Haslam Should Give Sworn Statement

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Jimmy Haslam III (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News video still)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee– It will be at least a few days before a judge decides if Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO, Jimmy Haslam, will have to give a sworn statement in a civil lawsuit case.

Attorneys for Atlantic Coast Carriers are asking Judge Harold Wimberly to allow them to take statements from Haslam as well as other Pilot Flying J officials.

Atlantic Coast Carriers filed a lawsuit saying Pilot Flying J cheated customers on fuel rebates.

Attorneys for Haslam said he shouldn’t have to testify in civil matters while a federal investigation is ongoing.

Judge Wimberly said he will take the matter under investigation and issue a ruling soon.

Federal agents raided Pilot Flying J’s headquarter in Knoxville in April.

So far, seven employees of the company have plead guilty to charges.

One of Haslam’s attorneys, Aubrey Harwell, said Haslam had no knowledge of the alleged rebate scandal.

Pilot Flying J released the following statement on the court case:

“The judge heard arguments today and took discovery under advisement. We look forward to filing answers to the complaints and visiting with the judge again in early September.”

*Read more on the Pilot Flying J investigation, HERE.