Exxon Seeks To Ditch Cross-Claims In Contract Dispute

Law360, New York (December 3, 2009, 7:19 PM EST) -- In its breach of contract suit against franchisee Gasprom Inc., ExxonMobil Oil Corp. is alleging that Gasprom’s fraud and unfair competition cross-claims are barred because they are based on an earlier settlement agreement and letters to public officials that are privileged.

ExxonMobil filed a summary judgment bid in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday, claiming that Gasprom’s allegations should be dismissed because they stem from privileged communications that include a 2006 settlement between the two parties and letters ExxonMobil’s counsel...
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