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Browns Owner Haslam Talks Shop Before Draft, Avoids Questions On Federal Probe
Published April 26, 2013
CALL BLOCK: In Cleveland, John Caniglia reports attorneys for Georgia-based trucking company Atlantic Coast Carriers on Thursday asked a Knox County (Tenn.) judge to "stop Jimmy Haslam from calling and attempting to settle with customers" linked to Pilot Flying J's fuel rebate program. The lawyers "filed a request for a temporary restraining order." The document stated that Haslam "said it would take one to two months to determine the amounts owed to customers." But attorneys for Atlantic Coast Carriers said Pilot Flying J now seeks "to unilaterally determine what is owed to these (companies) and approach these same targeted companies after years of being short-changed in a brutal economy and a tough business in which to make a profit" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/26). In Nashville, Walter Roche reports the restraining order states Haslam's recent contact with trucking execs "may constitute an improper attempt to coerce parties and witnesses under Tennessee law" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/26).