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Gas Station Owner Appeals Antitrust Case

Law360 (January 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A gas station operator has appealed a court’s summary judgment dismissing claims that it was forced to sign an “unconscionable” lease agreement with a subsidiary of Valero Energy.

Petroleum Sales Inc., which signed a 15-year lease agreement with Valero Refining Company to operate four of its northern California service stations in June 2000, alleged the terms of the franchise agreement were not just unconscionable but “commercially unreasonable and unenforceable.”

The company sued Valero Refining in August 2005 over claims of breach of contract, unfair competition and...
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