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.