Calif. Franchises' Suit Against ConocoPhillips Nixed

Law360, New York (June 3, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has thrown out a master complaint filed by dozens of California Union 76-brand gas station franchises accusing brand owner ConocoPhillips Co. of unlawfully jacking up their rent and charging credit card processing fees for each transaction.

Judge Ronald M. Whyte's ruling, issued Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, gave the plaintiffs 20 days to amend their lawsuit but agreed with the Houston-based petroleum giant that the plaintiffs' chief claim, that ConocoPhillips violated California's Franchise Investment Law, failed...
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