Shell Asks High Court To Annul Gas Franchise Ruling

By Jesse Greenspan (January 19, 2010, 6:34 PM EST) -- Although Shell Oil Products Co. LLC significantly raised rents for certain gas station owners in Massachusetts, it would have had to terminate the contractual franchise relationship entirely in order for the owners to bring a federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act claim, an attorney for the Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Jeffrey A. Lamken, an attorney at Molo Lamken LLP, said in oral argument that the eight gas station owner respondents could have sued for breach of contract while continuing to operate. But they lost their right to continue operating by claiming the rent hikes...

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