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U.S. DISTRICT COURT in Los Angeles blocked Exxon Corp.'s plans to exit the retail gasoline market in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, Calif., until a trial can be held. Exxon planned to withdraw Nov. 30 in a cost cutting move (OGJ, May 25, p. 18). Dealers sued the company to keep it from abandoning the market, contending the pullout would violate the Petroleum Marketing Act, which requires oil companies to make good faith offers to sell stations to dealers if the company

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