Plaintiff in Pilot settlement denies conflict

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of a group formed for the purpose of filing a lawsuit against a truck stop chain run by the family of Tennessee’s governor and the owner of the Cleveland Browns says the group is not a “shell company” for the chain.

The Pilot Flying J national diesel retail chain has agreed to settle the lawsuit, filed in Arkansas by National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services LLC. National Trucking was founded by Arkansas Trucking Association President Lane Kidd just days after the FBI unveiled allegations that the company’s sales force reduced the amount of rebates smaller trucking companies were owed.

Attorneys for other trucking companies suing Pilot said the settlement was inadequate and called National Trucking a “shell company.” But Kidd said in a statement Thursday that he created the group solely to “seek justice.”