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Removal on Artful Pleading Doctrine

ExxonMobil Corporation

We represented a major oil company/franchisor in a dispute with a franchisee of two retail gas station sites regarding the non-renewal of one site and alleged tortious interference with the franchisee's attempt to sell the franchise for the second site. We removed the case to federal court, successfully invoking the artful pleading doctrine, after which the plaintiff dropped a number of its claims. The case subsequently settled for a nominal amount. C.A.L.L. Group, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corporation, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74148 (D.N.H. Aug. 14, 2009)

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