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March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens New-Format Travel Stop in Andrews, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops opens a new travel stop in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385 on Thursday, March 13. The Andrews location offers 48 truck parking spaces, a McDonald’s restaurant, gourmet coffee, name-brand snacks, fresh fruit, gift merchandise and more.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Texas

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Prices Increase for Second Straight Month

Average prices for diesel exhaust fluid in both the U.S. and Canada increased for the second consecutive month, after declining steadily over the last six months, according to new figures from the group Integer Research.

Tags: SCR, DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Heading Back to Court Over Remaining Trucking Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A little more than half a dozen lawsuits alleging fuel rebate fraud still pending against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J may be consolidated as soon as next month.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Fleets, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Fraud

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stable at Truckstops, Delivery Prices Increase in January

The new edition of DEF Tracker from the company Integer Research shows the average price for all diesel exhaust fluid bulk supply modes in the U.S. and Canada increased for all delivery modes compared with the previous month.

Tags: DEF, Truckstops, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Three More Guilty Pleas in Federal Pilot Flying J Investigation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More guilty pleas were secured on Monday as part of the federal probe into truckstop mega-chain Pilot Flying J, taking the total number up to 10 so far. Brian Mosher, the former national director for sales, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud before a federal judge in Knoxville.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Crime, Truckstops, Fraud, Fuel and Oil

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens First Location in Montana

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Montana.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Expansion, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Montana

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached in Long-Running Truckstop Battle Against Comdata

A $130 million legal settlement has been reached for a class of more than 4,000 independent truckstops and other retail fueling merchants following an antitrust lawsuit filed in 2007 against fleet payment card issuer Comdata and three national truckstop chains.

Tags: Comdata, Fleets, Truckstops, Litigation, Fuel and Oil

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Investor Reportedly Selling Off Shares

One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Loves’s Opens Dayton, Ohio, Location Off I-75

Love's new Dayton, Ohio location.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new location in Dayton, Ohio, off I-75, expanding its presence in the Buckeye State. The new Love’s is open 24 hours a day and features 98 truck parking spaces.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Drivers, Fleets, Diesel Fuel, DEF, I-75, Ohio

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Approves Pilot Flying J Settlement

With the sign-off of a judge on a settlement, the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J can finally start to close a chapter in a drama that’s been playing out since mid-April.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Litigation

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Pushing Back Against Allegations, Some Opt-Out of Settlement

Photo: Evan Lockridge

After a few weeks of relative quiet, things have started heating back up between Pilot Flying J and trucking companies that are suing the truckstop chain over allegations it cheated trucking companies out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

About 50 Pilot Flying J Customers Opt Out of Settlement

About 50 companies have opted out of a settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebates. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Tuesday was the deadline for carriers to opt out of a settlement reached in July between some trucking companies and Pilot Flying J over allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel purchase rebates. About 50 of the truckstops’s 6,000 customers said they want no part of the agreement.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Makes First Public Comments in Months on Rebate Allegations

Embattled Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam made a rare public appearance this week, some five months after the company was raided by federal agents, but it’s only one of the latest developments for the truckstop chain that's facing a myriad of legal problems.

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Group Challenges Insinuations in Pilot Flying J Case

The head of the Arkansas Trucking Association has responded to claims involving litigation against Pilot Flying J, while a judge on Thursday delayed a decision as to whether Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam will be forced to give a deposition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Questions about the role of a key player in the litigation against Pilot Flying J prompted a strong rebuttal from the trucking company group. Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said in a statement that he created National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services last April to seek justice for trucking companies that allegedly had been defrauded by Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Answers Common Questions Over Legal Settlement

Aubrey Harwell, senior partner of the law firm of Neal & Harwell, which represents Pilot Flying J, answers some common questions about the company's settlement with customers.

This week Pilot Flying J published an interview on its website with one of the attorneys representing the company, as the clock counts down toward key court dates in a settlement over allegations it withheld rebates and discounts on fuel.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Faces More Litigation, Responds to Reports of Financial Health

Not every fleet that feels it has been cheated by Pilot Flying J is signing on to a recent settlement. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Despite having reached a settlement with some trucking customers, Pilot Flying J faces new litigation over claims it cheated some operations – and there is another move to depose CEO Jimmy Haslam.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fraud, Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Retreat From Four Straight Weekly Hikes

The price of diesel continues to seesaw, falling just slightly this week following a just over one-penny hike last week.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The fate of about a dozen lawsuits against Pilot Flying J now rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Maine. The suits, which all stem from allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel rebates, could be consolidated into one class action.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Litigation

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Revised Pilot Flying J Settlement Covers Longer Period for Claims

The truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has revised a settlement it reached last week with eight trucking companies that filed suit against it earlier this year over claims it cheated them out of fuel rebates and discounts.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fraud, Fuel and Oil

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Class Action Settlement Reached Over Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Pilot Flying J will pay back money owed to trucking customers for fuel rebates, plus 6% interest.

[UPDATED] -- Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has reached a multi-million dollar settlement agreement with some of the trucking companies that filed suit against it alleging the company cheated them out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Grand Jury Reportedly Looking Into Pilot Flying J

Problems for truckstop operator Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam show no signs of letting up, as an Ohio TV station reports that a federal grand jury is looking into possible indictments.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuits Widen Against Pilot Flying J Amid Other New Concerns

Three more lawsuits have been filed against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J over claims it shortchanged customers out of money they were due in the form of rebates from fuel purchases.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Fraud

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Seven More Shorepower Locations Hit the On-Switch

Shorepower Technologies announced seven more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations from March to mid-June to help truckers reduce idling.

Tags: Shorepower, Truckstops, Idle Reduction

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Pilot Flying J Lawsuit; Separate Litigation Dropped

It wouldn’t be a week in trucking lately if there wasn’t some news about the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J. This one has been no exception, with a new lawsuit being filed, one being dropped, and questions arising over who owns the company that’s come under fire following the disclosure of a federal investigation into allegations of shortchanging customers on fuel rebates.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Another Owner-Operator Suit Filed Against Pilot Flying J

Another lawsuit has been filed against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J in the wake of two guilty pleas in an apparent scheme to cheat customers out of fuel rebates, this one coming from an owner-operator trucker.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Fraud

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