BP Can't Duck Franchisees' $200M Suit Over Sales To Rivals

Law360, Los Angeles (March 14, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Thursday refused to trim a $200 million breach of contract lawsuit accusing BP West Coast Products LLC of undercutting its franchisees by selling cheaper generic gasoline to rival gas stations, ruling BP's summary adjudication motions failed to target all elements of the alleged wrongdoing.

At a one-hour hearing on Thursday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle ruled that BP's motion didn't comply with the California Code of Civil Procedure because it didn't address the plaintiffs' allegations that BP sold the...
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