James Hancock 29/4/16
A Melbourne family has lost a legal battle against United Petroleum after accusing the company of unfairly terminating its franchise.
Ram Nijhawan and his wife Kirti spent more than $400,000 on the petrol station franchise at Narre Warren North in the city’s south-east, but failed to make the business profitable.
But a disagreement over electricity costs led to United Petroleum seizing the business in February 2015.
The company took the Nijhawans to court claiming outstanding loan repayments and the family made a counterclaim for wrongful termination of the franchise agreement.
A County Court judge found in favour of United Petroleum and dismissed the counterclaim.
The Nijhawans were not in court and their lawyer spoke outside.
“[I’m] disappointed for the client, I can’t really say anything more than that,” he said.
The case will return to court next Friday to decide on costs.
Extracted in full from ABC.