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Pilot Flying J seeks to quash request for deposition of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam

By Josh Flory
Knoxville News Sentinel

A Georgia attorney’s bid to take depositions from Pilot Flying J’s top executives, including Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, is “entirely premature and improper,” according to a motion filed by the company late Friday.

Pilot, the Knoxville-based chain of truck stops, is facing a lawsuit in Knox County Circuit Court by several trucking firms who allege they were shorted on diesel-fuel rebates.

Earlier this month, Savannah, Ga., lawyer Mark Tate — who represents those companies — said he wants to take videotaped depositions of Haslam, Pilot’s CEO; President Mark Hazelwood; and former Vice President of Sales John Freeman. He sought to take the depositions this week.

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