BP Policies Hurt Franchisees' Earnings, Suit Says

Law360, New York (May 2, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT) -- A putative class of BP Products North America Inc. franchisees claimed in a suit Thursday in California that the energy giant and a subsidiary broke franchise agreements by mandating a set of business policies that cut into their earnings.

More than a dozen BP franchisees allege the company skimmed money from their businesses by forcing them to install new sales systems, controlling product pricing and manipulating gas supplies, among other improprieties.

The franchisees are all owners of ARCO-, BP- or am/pm-branded gas stations and convenience stores,...
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