Judge Rejects Racketeering Claims in Pilot Lawsuit

A federal judge in Alabama has dismissed several claims, including racketeering allegations, filed by Wright Transportation against Pilot Flying J, Knoxnews reports. The suit alleged that a federal affidavit released by prosecutors in April was a sufficient basis for the allegations. U.S. District Judge William Steele rejected that argument, saying the affidavit failed to meet a legal threshold that requires plaintiffs to present detailed allegations about misrepresentations that were made and who was responsible for them. The judge also dismissed claims of deceptive trade practices, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and suppression. A breach of contract charge, however, was allowed to stand.