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Goodell Stands By Browns' Haslam, Says League Had No Knowledge Of FBI Investigation
Published April 24, 2013
TRYING TO MAKE GOOD: In Cleveland, John Caniglia in a front-page piece reports Haslam is “calling trucking companies, offering to pay back owners of firms who say they lost money in the fuel rebate program of Haslam's company.” But legal experts said that Haslam's calls “present a legal dilemma in his quest to clear his company's name.” Haslam yesterday “called Curt Morehouse of W.N. Morehouse Truck Line of Omaha and settled their financial dispute.” Morehouse “blasted Haslam and a company salesman last week on Facebook.” But Morehouse said that he was "pleased with Haslam's upfront style of doing business.” Nashville attorney Aubrey Harwell Jr., “hired as outside counsel for Pilot Flying J in the wake of the FBI raid, said Haslam's overtures to aggrieved customers were ‘totally appropriate.’” Harwell said, “There are allegations they have not been treated fairly. Mr. Haslam is determined to get to the bottom of those allegations, if in fact they are true, and pay those companies that are owed money." Still, many defense lawyers yesterday “appeared stunned that Haslam would make the calls, considering his role in the case and the issues involved” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/24).