Haslam: No comment on Pilot settlement

As a federal court put its stamp of approval on Pilot Flying J’s $85 million class action settlement with some 5,500 trucking customers Monday, the governor said he is uninterested in talking about the developments with his family company.

“It’s just not something that I’m involved in or something that I’ll have a comment on,” he told reporters.

Under the settlement, Pilot Flying J agreed to pay companies some $56.5 million in fuel discounts it failed to pay out, plus $9.7 million in interest, $4.5 million in auditing costs and $14 million in attorney fees, plus other fees.

Nearly 60 companies opted out of a 5,500-entity class action lawsuit. Up to 20 of them have filed their own lawsuits. Meanwhile, the federal investigation is still ongoing.

Haslam, who spoke to reporters about the situation shortly after federal agents raided the family company headquarters in April, has since declined to take questions about its developments.