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Shell Oil Co. v. HRN, Inc.
Citation:144 S.W.3d 429 (Tex. 2004)
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Defendant contracted with Plaintiffs, who agreed to buy gasoline from Defendant at the dealer prices in effect at the time of the purchase. Plaintiffs sued Defendant, arguing that Defendant did not set the prices in good faith, because they were so high that they put Plaintiffs at a competitive disadvantage and because Defendant intended to replace Plaintiffs with more profitable Defendant-operated outlets. The trial court granted Defendant’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Defendant had charged a posted price that was commercially reasonable and that applied uniformly to all dealers. The court of appeals reversed, finding that the dealers had raised factual issues about Defendant’s subjective good faith in setting its dealer prices. Defendant appealed.
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