9th Circ. Rejects Franchisees' Antitrust Claims

Law360, New York (July 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has rejected claims by gas station franchisees that Shell Oil Products U.S. violated antitrust statutes by tying its credit-card processing services to its franchise and conspiring with banks to fix the price of the processing service.

On Friday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California's dismissal of five of six claims that Equilon Enterprises LLC, which does business as Shell, violated the Sherman Act and California state antitrust law by...
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