Texaco eviction enters Court of Appeal
A legal dispute between a gas station operator and Texaco has reached the Court of Appeal.
Raymond Claridge, a Texaco gas station manager in New Providence, was evicted from the premises back in August. Guardian Business reported how Claridge, a businessman of 22 years, received an eviction notice from Ryan Bain, district sales manager for Texaco.
The pumps at the station were locked.
In October, Claridge filed a motion in the Supreme Court seeking an injunction, which was successful in that Texaco has been
obligated to deliver gas and diesel to his station ever since.
Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Bain has lifted that injunction. However, Bain agreed to stay her order until the Court of Appeal could hear an appeal on the decision by Claridge’s attorneys. He is represented by Bostwick and Bostwick. The appellate court has upheld Bain’s stay.
Meanwhile, as the dust settles from RUBIS’s major buy-out of Chevron in the Caribbean, officials from the oil and gas giant are reassuring stakeholders that it’s still committed to strong relationships with retailers.
“Chevron prides itself in building and maintaining strong business relationships with its retailers,” Hector Infante, the manager of policy, government and public affairs at Chevron in the Caribbean, told Guardian Business.
In 2006, Chevron regained exclusive rights to the Texaco brand name in the U.S.
RUBIS, a French multinational energy company, purchased Chevron’s fuel, marketing and aviation business in The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands this week.
Vitogaz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RUBIS, will take over the official management of the assets.
Recent events have followed an ongoing strained relationship between retailers and wholesalers in The Bahamas.
In August, the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA) threatened strike action if their demands were not met, citing unfair contracts and low profit margins among their top grievances.
More than two months later, a margin increase of 10 cents on gas and 15 cents on diesel was announced by the government.
Phillip Kemp, the interim president of the BPRA, said the increase is helping, but not nearly enough.
He intends on continuing to push the wholesaler for better profit margins and favorable contracts.
As for the buy-out of Texaco, Kemp did not express high hopes for a more constructive relationship.
“I don’t know how much it’ll (the buy-out) change,” he added.
“You’re swapping out one foreign entity for another. I could be wrong – I don’t know a lot about the deal. But I don’t see it changing our relationship much.”