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BP Sues City Councilman

Adam Nick, who operated an Arco gas station in Lake Forest, allegedly owes $177,000 to parent company British Petroleum.

Adam Nick, who won the November election to sit on the Lake Forest City Council, may be sitting in a courtroom if British Petroleum has its way.

The businessman has been targeted by a division of the oil giant in a lawsuit claiming $177,000 in damages for breaking a contract to operate the Arco AM/PM on Lake Forest Drive at Regency Lane, according to the Orange County Register.

BP West Coast Products alleges Nick signed a contract with Arco in 2002 to operate the business through 2013. Nick told the Register he began selling non-Arco fuel after their relationship soured following his refusal to sign a contract extension in 2009 and, in retaliation, BP stopped delivering enough fuel to keep his tanks stocked.

About $73,000 of the damages is for gasoline, royalty fees and infrastructure such as retail software and cashier equipment, and $104,000 is for ending the contract ahead of schedule in 2011.

For quotes and other information, see the story in the OC Register.

Adam Nick February 27, 2013 at 02:08 AM
To JustUs: Thank you for extending me the courtesy of writing me directly. Due to a fall-out that I had with BP dating back to 2009, which had a lot to do with how high they priced their fuel and how they manipulated (not just controlled) the supply line and the market, they refused to deliver me gasoline to a point that I often literally had no fuel to sell. Imagine a gasoline station with no gas!! On March 17, 2011, I had no choice but to sever ties. I covered all the citations of ARCO at the premises and purchased gasoline in the open market. Remember that there are only a handful of companies in America that refine and produce gasoline, all of which names you are already familiar with. When you purchase in the open market, you buy essentially the same gas except you cannot advertise it with its brand name (whatever the brand name may be) and you pay for it effectively at the time of your purchase. This is in contrast to brand purchasing in which case the giant oil company allows you several days (and sometimes up to two weeks) to pay for the fuel. Now, imagine that not every business owner can front tens of thousands of dollars every single day. Luckily, I could and happily and proudly kicked them out of my property on Lake Forest Drive on March 17, 2011 (That’s why for every unbranded station that there is you see almost a hundred branded ones (I am not being facetious… unbranded station make up only about 1% of the gasoline market)). (Cont...)
Adam Nick February 27, 2013 at 02:17 AM
(Continued from before) Also, out of spite and to make my life more difficult in hopes that I would renew my supply contract with them, ARCO (BP) cut off my network access for pay at the pump and they even would not provide me access to their Network so that I could take out the “ARCO AMPM” that printed by default on customers’ receipts (I later managed to change all the hardware, software, and even the dispensers offering pay-at-the-pump and rid myself of them altogether). So, everything is good now… LOL. That all said, ARCO was a great company for as long as it existed, it was an AMERICAN company, and that was whom I signed up with. British Petroleum purchased ARCO in 2003 and things went down from there... Now, they are upset because they are not having someone in me who sells himself for some hefty amount of money and in turn gouge his customers - the members of his own hometown. I did not give into them and said no to their almost half-a-million dollar sign-in bonus (read the OC Register article). I am not for sale. Period. Feel free to write me with any questions on any subject whatsoever. You may not always like where I stand but you can be certain that I will always be truthful. Again, thanks for writing me. Adam Nick 949-812-0920 PS. To make certain that I am in receipt of your inquiry, you may want to email it to me after you post it somewhere online (just in case I don’t end up seeing your post): adamnick1776@gmail.com
Adam Nick February 27, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Dave: With me, you don't need to "read between the lines". Just be both decent and intelligent enough to read the lines themselves. NO HYPERBOLE. NO INNUENDO. NO NONSENSE. I hope that's direct enough for you, Dave. Adam Nick
JustUs February 27, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I had another question or two but you went into quite a lot of detail in your thoughtful reply, so I will let it rest. I do appreciate that you would take the time to come on-line and address the questions on this comment board. You certainly didn't have to and I respect that. BP is a formidable opponent and I hope all the facts come out in your favor. Good luck.
JustUs February 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I noticed that that the gas prices are @ about $4.35 a gallon for no good reason again. No new wars. Saudi and Iraqi and Libyan and Canadian oil is flowing freely. No refinery fires. Yet prices are back up. I just don't trust the oil companies and government oversight. They raise it until people start complaining - then back off a little - then raise it higher soon thereafter after human memories fade. It's not the small time operators who are hosing us. It's the big boys.

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