Pilot Rebate Suits Joined, Sent to East Kentucky District

A federal judicial panel has merged seven pending civil suits against truck stop chain Pilot Flying J before a judge in Lexington, Ky., The Tennessean reports. The order issued Monday follows a hearing in which lawyers for Pilot had requested the cases be consolidated in Knoxville. The trucking companies, with operations in Alabama, New Jersey, New Mexico and Ohio opposed that move. The panel decided that the Eastern District of Kentucky was the most appropriate venue for the suits since a judge there is already presiding over a criminal investigation into allegations that Pilot withheld rebates from its trucking partners.