PMPA Franchise Agreement Disavowing Plaintiff’s Claim to an Exclusive Market and Geographic Territory Trumps Alleged Oral Commitment* Partner v. ExxonMobil Oil Corp., 08-1590 (6th Cir. May 4, 2009) In 2000, plaintiff Partner & Partner, Inc. entered into a lease/franchise agreement with ExxonMobil to operate a Mobil-branded gasoline station. The lease was pursuant to an ExxonMobil Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) franchise agreement, 15 USC Sections 2801-2806. The agreement expressly provided that it did not grant plaintiff an exclusive market or geographic area to sell branded gasoline, or to conduct related businesses. ExxonMobil expressly reserved the right to open or continue stations, franchises, or related businesses at locations of its
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirms the decision of the lower court allowing a summary judgment on all claims including the exclusion of competition from the market for gasoline (Partner / ExxonMobil Oil)
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