Refinery Vindicated In Price Discrimination Suit

Law360, New York (December 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A refinery has won summary judgment in a case in a California federal court in which the owner of four Bay Area gas stations accused the refinery of price discrimination because it refused to pay a “facilities allowance” when the gas stations stopped using the refinery’s proprietary credit card processing system.

U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong granted defendant Valero Refining Co.’s motion for summary judgment on Thursday, noting that plaintiff Petroleum Sales Inc. had voluntarily given up the lower gas price, and holding that a...
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