Friday, December 9, 2016
Haslam Deposition Location Switched
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
The location of the scheduled deposition of Cleveland Browns owner James "Jimmy" Haslam has been switched just days before it is set to occur.
Papers filed in Franklin County Court in Ohio show the questioning by trucking company attorneys will take place in a hangar at the McGee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tenn.
According to the filing the change was made at the request of Haslam. Originally the deposition was scheduled to take place Tuesday in a Knoxville law firm office.
The questioning, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., comes in a suit filed by trucking companies who have charged that the Haslam family owned truck stop firm cheated them out of millions of dollars in promised diesel fuel rebates.
The trucking firms have been trying for over a year to get Haslam's under oath testimony on the fuel rebate charges. He has stated repeatedly that he did not know about the scheme by Pilot sales executives to cheat unsuspecting truckers out of their promised rebates.
Ten former Pilot executives already have entered guilty pleas to charges relating to the rebate skimming scheme which was uncovered during a federal grand jury investigation.
According to the court notice Haslam's deposition will take place in a Pilot hangar at the Alcoa airport.