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On Dec. 16, 2016, Diageo North America, Inc. (Diageo) sued Sazerac Company, Inc., and Sazerac Brands, LLC (collectively Sazerac) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming, among other things, that Sazerac had committed willful trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. Diageo North America, Inc. v. Sazerac Company, Inc., No. 16 CV 09747 (S.D.N.Y.).
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By Chris Bussert
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