BP Can't Refuse To Renew Franchise Contracts: Judge

Law360, New York (September 14, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that, having failed to show good cause, BP Products North America Inc. couldn't refuse to renew its franchise agreements with a slew of New Jersey gas station operators without violating state law.

U.S. District Judge William J. Martini granted partial summary judgment to the franchisee plaintiffs and summary judgment to the service station operator that BP sued, finding that BP has never ventured to show good cause and would breach the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act by failing to renew the...
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