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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS [Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge]

This appeal requires us to determine whether a franchisor’s decision not to renew a service station franchise violated the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA), 15 U.S.C. �� 2801-2841. The ousted franchisee, plaintiff-appellant C.K. Smith & Co., Inc. (CKS), complains that the decision of the franchisor, defendant-appellee Motiva Enterprises LLC, to discontinue the franchise relationship following CKS’s failure to execute a renewal lease in a timely manner contravened the PMPA. *fn2 The district court rejected these importunings, see C.K. Smith & Co. v. Motiva Enters., 126 F. Supp. 2d 34 (D. Mass. 2000), and so do we. The PMPA does not provide any relief for a franchisee who negligently fails to execute renewal documents in a timely fashion. Hence, we affirm the lower court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the franchisor.

I. BACKGROUND

 
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