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Walters v. Marathon Oil Co.
Citation:642 F.2d 1098
Dennis E. Walters contacted Marathon Oil Company (hereinafter “Marathon”) (defendant) to set up a Marathon franchise on a vacant gasoline service station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Based on promises made by Marathon, Walters and his wife (collectively “the Walters) (plaintiffs) purchased the service station and made improvements upon it. The Walters completed paperwork and a proposal was delivered to Marathon along with an agreement. Marathon placed a moratorium on the consideration of new applications for dealerships and refused to sign an agreement with the Walters, who brought suit.
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