WASHINGTON — A shift in franchisor strategy coupled with margin pressure has led to difficult times for gas station franchisees.
"No honor among thieves" might be the best analogy.
On January 19, franchisees had a rare opportunity to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A lost leasehold is not the same as a lost business, and the distinction can be crucial under the PMPA.
Can a franchisee avoid the PMPA and sue his franchisor in state court? Yes, says the 5th Circuit in reversing the Southern District of Texas.