Patrick Chiesa

Browns Owner’s Company Fined $92 Million

by Patrick Chiesa on July 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, have yet again run into legal trouble as co-owners of diesel retailer Pilot Flying J. The company has agreed to pay $92 million dollars in fines for deceiving customers out of promised rebates and discounts.

The Associated Press reports that 10 employees from the company have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme. Jimmy Haslam claims he was unaware of any illegal happenings. 

The Browns owner issued a statement: "We, as a company, look forward to putting this whole unfortunate episode behind us, continuing our efforts to rectify the damage done, regaining our customers’ trust, and getting on with our business."

Pilot shelled out over $85 million as the result of a class-action lawsuit with over 5,000 trucking companies in November.