Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Judge Denies Motion to Compel Pilot Records
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
An Ohio judge has denied a motion filed by trucking companies to force Pilot Travel to turn over computer database on its sales practices.
Franklin County Common Pleas Court David C. Young concluded that forcing the release of the entire SalesForce database was overly broad and burdensome. The motion was filed by FST Express and HB Logistics, truckers who have charged Pilot cheated them out of millions of dollars in promised rebates.
Forcing Knoxville, Tenn. based Pilot to turn over the records "would be an immense cost of both time and money to Pilot," Young wrote in a four-page order.
He noted the database contains records of Pilot's dealings with more than 5,500 customers over a ten year period.
He also noted that a similar request filed a previous case had been turned down by U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar.
Young, however, noted that if the trucking firms wanted specific targeted records from the database following discovery and depositions "Pilot should comply."
The Ohio suit is one of two remaining civil suits stemming from a federal probe that has produced 10 guilty pleas by former Pilot sales staffers.
The other remaining suit is pending in federal court in Alabama.
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