Jimmy Haslam releases statement on his deposition in Pilot Flying J rebate case

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CLEVELAND - Jimmy Haslam spent most of Tuesday giving a deposition in a civil case and said afterward that he looks forward to the day he can speak openly about the Pilot Flying J rebate scandal.

“As I have said throughout this ordeal, I knew nothing about the misconduct of some of our former employees,” Haslam said in a statement. “I wish I could discuss this entire matter freely with you today and answer your questions as I did the plaintiffs.”

His attorney , A.B. Culvahouse, also said that as soon as Haslam learned about the scandal he did everything he could to make things right.

“We just sat through a full day of questions from attorneys for the plaintiffs in this case, “ Culvahouse said. “Our client truthfully answered the questions. As we previously said, we think this entire exercise today was nothing more than an effort by the plaintiffs to harass the company into a windfall settlement.”

The deposition Haslam gave Tuesday was for a lawsuit filed by trucking companies that didn't take part in an $85-million settlement between Pilot Flying J and other trucking companies in connection with a rebate scandal.

“Our client voluntarily agreed to today’s proceedings to put this matter behind him and the company,” Culvahouse said. “We hope that is the case.”

Haslam has not been criminally charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

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