Russian-Owned Co. Can't Sue Over Stoli Mark, 2nd Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT) -- Spirits International BV and other distributors asked the Second Circuit on Monday to nix a Russian state-owned company's lawsuit over the trademark rights to Stolichnaya vodka, saying a lower court correctly ruled that the company lacked standing to sue.

Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport, known as FTE, has said lucrative Stolichnaya trademarks were “stolen from the Russian people” in a fraudulent privatization after the Soviet Union's collapse. But Spirits International and SPI Spirits Ltd. say they're the rightful owner of the brand name, and they told the...
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