The owner of the Cleveland Browns has big problems now. Louis Freeh has been hired to help investigate the frauds that took place at Pilot Flying J. Freeh is the former director of the FBI. He and his team has been retained by the trucking companies that are pursuing legal action against Haslam and his truck stop company.
Mark Tate, the Georgia attorney who is heading the class action suit against Haslam and his company has confirmed he has hired some high profile help. Tate has retained the services of Louis Freeh’s firm, the Freeh Group. Freeh is not only the former director of the FBI, he is also a former federal judge.
Freeh and his Freeh Group, has agreed to work with the trucking companies who believe they were cheated in an alleged rebate scam. The Freeh Group has a large group of investigators and accountants who will help the trucking companies make their case.
You can bank on the fact the Freeh group will turn over every rock in the road to get to the facts of the case. Freeh has a long history of investigations that some have tried to cover up the facts in. Tate said, they are thrilled to have help fighting what he called C.E.O. Jimmy Haslam’s “billionaire’s antics.”
The Freeh group has refused to comment on their part in the investigation of the Pilot Flying J frauds. Some of you may remember Tate, he is the attorney that filed a restraining order against Haslam’s firm to try and stop him from contacting the trucking companies involved in the class action suit.
A judge in Knoxville denied Tate’s request for a temporary restraining order to keep Pilot Flying J from contacting customers. in our opinion, the first mistake Tate made was to file in Tennessee. Haslam’s brother is the Governor there. Not to say he had any part of the alleged frauds, but we are saying the Haslam family is very powerful in their home state of Tennessee. Tate should have filed the suit in the individual states that the alleged frauds took place in.
Tate claimed that Jimmy Haslam was contacting the companies, getting releases from them, and settling claims before companies knew about the full extent of the allegations. Tate also claimed that a full-page newspaper ad placed Sunday in support of the Haslam family was “engineered” by Jimmy Haslam. “He ran that ad as a warning, as he’s in the largest fight of his professional career,” Tate said.
Haslam is in the biggest fight of his life. His fight just got a lot bigger with the Freeh Group working against Haslam and his company. Things aren’t going to be easy for Jimmy Haslam III now. If the former director of the FBI has agreed to work against him, there has to be something more than meets the eye here. Haslam could try all the billionaire’s antics he wants. They aren’t going to fly against Freeh and his group of investigators.
Haslam has problems now. I wonder when the NFL is going to say enough is enough? Goodell has to be getting nervous now that the news of the Freeh Group is out.
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