South Carolina Court of Appeals

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Jury verdict against Texaco, Inc. reversed

September 21, 2009

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief rejecting agency liability in support of national branding relationships

December 20, 2007

NCLC urged the South Carolina Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court’s holding, which permitted the jury to find Texaco, Inc. (“Texaco”) liable for the alleged negligent sale of alcohol by an employee of Morris Mini Mart — an independently owned and operated gas station and convenience store — because Morris Mini Mart utilized the “Texaco” brand name while complying with general branding standards. In its brief, NCLC argued that, unless reversed, the decision below would have significant adverse implications for franchisor-franchisee relationships, employers and the overall business climate in South Carolina.

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