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Philip Morris USA
Philip Morris USA Sues Retailers to Stop Counterfeit Cigarette Sales
December 5th, 2009
Philip Morris USA (PM USA) filed lawsuits against ten retailers selling counterfeit versions of the company's Marlboro® brand cigarettes in New York and New Jersey.
"The New York metropolitan area continues to be a lucrative market for counterfeit and contraband cigarette smugglers," said Joe Murillo, vice president and associate general counsel, Altria Client Services, speaking on behalf of PM USA. "High excise taxes, coupled with New York state's lack of effective tax enforcement, only makes the problem worse," added Murillo.
"These lawsuits are the latest in a series of filings by Philip Morris USA aimed at combating the sale of counterfeit...
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Source: Business and Finance Week (2009-12-05)