Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the February 23 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in Ohio v. American Express Co. Beth Farmer has our preview.

Mac’s Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co.

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-240 1st Cir. Jan 19, 2010
Tr.
Mar 2, 2010 9-0 Alito OT 2009

Holding: Under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, a local operator of a gas station franchise cannot bring a claim for constructive termination of its franchise unless the parent company effectively forced the franchise out of business. Nor can the local gas station sue the company for constructively failing to renew the franchise agreement if the gas station owner actually signed a new agreement with the company.

Judgment: Reversed in part and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on March 2, 2010.

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