Browns owner Haslam fighting deposition order in civil suit

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(Jimmy Haslam speaks on his company’s response to a federal investigation.)

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NASHVILLE, TN — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is fighting a court order for him to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

An attorney for Jimmy Haslam filed a motion Friday after an Alabama judge ordered his deposition in the lawsuit by Wright Transportation.

Mobile, Alabama-based Wright Transportation is one of several companies suing Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J in connection with a scheme to cheat customers out of promised discounts and rebates.

Ten former Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in the scheme, and the company’s former president and several others face trial next year in federal court.

Jimmy Haslam has denied any previous knowledge of the alleged fraud or any personal wrongdoing.

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