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May 1, 2013
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The board of directors of Pilot Flying J today announced the appointment of Reid Weingarten, listed earlier this year by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s 100 most influential lawyers, to serve as a “special independent counsel”.
In that role, Weingarten will lead, oversee, and validate an internal investigation of recent federal allegations that Pilot Flying J underpaid rebates on diesel fuel purchases owed to some of its trucking company customers.
The board announcement today also named Brad Martin, retired chairman and CEO of Saks, Inc., as the head of a special committee of the board that will work with Weingarten and receive his eventual report.
According to Martin, “We’re pleased to have someone with Mr. Weingarten’s background, credentials, and reputation take on this assignment. He is the perfect person to help us understand the facts and do the right thing during this difficult period.”
The federal government made public its investigation into Pilot Flying J on April 15, 2013. On Sunday, April 21, 2013 the Pilot Flying J board voted to hire special counsel to oversee and validate internal inquiries related to the investigation.
Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J CEO and board member, announced the board’s decision in a statement on Monday, April 22, 2013. At the time Haslam said, “Because there is a federal investigation now, we have to take extraordinary steps to do whatever is necessary to repair any damage done to this company’s reputation and restore the full integrity on which this company was built.
“Our board will find the best person in America to come into this situation and oversee and make certain that any and all of our own investigations into these matters are thorough and correct and help us ensure that what happened to this company never happens again.”