Philip Morris Sues Chinese Sites Over Fake Marlboros

Law360, New York (February 16, 2011, 7:45 PM EST) -- Philip Morris USA Inc., a unit of Altria Group Inc., has sued seven Chinese websites and eight California retailers for allegedly peddling knockoffs of the tobacco company's top-selling cigarette brands.

Philip Morris filed two suits Monday — one in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Chinese online vendors and one in the Central District of California against the Los Angeles stores — in an attempt to crack down on the sale of counterfeit cigarettes that bear the tobacco company's...
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