Pilot Flying J attempts to block Haslam deposition

AP

As expected, Pilot Flying J has attempted to prevent a lawyer from taking the deposition of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in one of the many civil lawsuits arising from allegations of customer rebate fraud.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pilot Flying J filed a motion to block the deposition on Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

The depositions in the case filed by Atlantic Coast Carriers were scheduled to happen this week.

Pilot Flying J argues that the deposition should not happen before the company responds in writing to the civil complaint, and that the settlement of a nationwide class action pending in Arkansas has received tentative approval.  Of course, if Atlantic Coast Carriers chooses to opt out of the settlement, their lawsuit will proceed.

It’s safe to say that Atlantic Coast Carriers will choose to opt out.

“This settlement is more advantageous to Mr. Haslam and the plaintiffs’ lawyers who agreed to it then the actual victims of Mr. Haslam’s apparent fraud,” attorney Mark Tate, who represents Atlantic Coast Carriers, told the Plain Dealer.

Ideally, Pilot Flying J will attempt to delay the depositions until after Haslam knows whether he’ll face criminal charges.  Otherwise, he’ll have to decide between giving testimony that could be used against him in a criminal trial and invoking the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, which in a civil suit can be used against him.

16 responses to “Pilot Flying J attempts to block Haslam deposition

  1. When I heard that a partial owner of the Steelers was jumping ship to buy a division rival, it seemed wierd, and kind of sleazy, from a fan/loyalty perspective. It put a bad taste in my mouth from the start, and I’m not a fan of either one of those teams. All this stuff just makes it worse.

  2. The lawyers will take the lion’s share of any judgement in a class action…

    It IS funny to see a rich guy between a rock and a hard place.

    He’ll throw money at lawyers until it all goes away… It’s the American way.

  3. As a life long Bengals fan I sincerely hope that the Browns fan base and organization can catch a break. I know the feeling of following a team throughout difficult years…and then through difficult decades. Here’s hoping to a Browns/Bengals AFC North for many years to come.

  4. There isn’t a lawyer in America that wouldn’t try the exact same strategy. I believe a lawyer or two works for this website, too.

    Squirming out of a civil deposition while criminal charges may be pending is what I would expect MY lawyers to do also.

    Doesn’t mean he is guilty. Means his lawyers are breathing and survived yr 1 of law school.

    I highly doubt the Feds get the goods on Jimmy in the end.

  5. The Browns would make a great choice to become a fan-owned franchise like the Packers.

    There MSA is still big enough where if they ran a not-for-profit (no dividends to share holders) business they could easily be as competitive money-wise with all those other teams.

    Just release an IPO and I bet you’d get the $1 billion easy to buy back the team from Haslam once and for all.

  6. Actually, isn’t this more advantagius to the lawyers (ie: sharks) that get more money the longer this goes on. A quick settlement means the ambulance chasers won’t get their $500 an hour.

  7. “This settlement is more advantageous to Mr. Haslam and the plaintiffs’ lawyers who agreed to it then the actual victims of Mr. Haslam’s apparent fraud,” attorney Mark Tate, who represents Atlantic Coast Carriers, told the Plain Dealer.

    Yes folks – it’s lawyer-on-lawyer crime. ;D

  8. You know with all this nonsense since they have came back into the league. Maybe they shouldn’t have gotten a team. I mean Detroit is close enough for them to watch those games.

    They had too much pressure being the “browns” … Should have let it leave with the real browns and got a new name of an expansion team.

    Of course they could have brought the rams back. The original Cleveland team =/

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