PHILIP Morris Inc is using the civil courts to try and stop American convenience stores from selling counterfeit cigarettes. The US giant has filed lawsuits in four states against 55 retailers, whom it says sold generic cigarettes that illicitly used the Marlboro name and logo. The suits, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition, are intended to stop the use of those trademarks and to compel the accused retailers to identify the suppliers of these counterfeit cigarettes.


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