Appeals Court Smokes Claims Against R.J. Reynolds

Law360, New York (August 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Inc. has once again prevailed in a seven-year-old trademark and antitrust lawsuit with a discount retailer, after a federal appeals court ruled the retailer’s reimporting practices violated Reynolds’ trademark.

A three-judge panel at Chicago’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the defendant, Premium Tobacco Stores Inc., violated Reynolds’ trademark by reimporting cigarettes that are materially different from those produced for the Untied States.

The ruling, issued on Aug. 24, also laid to...
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