The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show.  Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 14 (Edition 111   2/28/15)

Feature of the Week: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Hearing Cohiba Trademark Case

Cubatabaco has been handed a victory in its battle with General Cigar Company over the use of the Cohiba trademark name in the U.S..  The U.S. Supreme Court has said they will not hear an appeal by General Cigar.  Last year, Cubatabaco, a U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that had originally ruled in favor of General.  The case will now move to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board where a final ruling would be made.

News and Previews

Legislative News
  • Federal: Senators Robert Menendez [D-New Jersey] and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has signed on as a co-sponsor to Senate Bill (S. 441) bringing the total sponsors to 12.   Reports are that Senator Thom Tillis [R-North Carolina] has also signed on as a co-sponsor. Meanwhile, Renee Ellmers (R-North Carolina), Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky), Roger Williams (R-Texas), Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-Georgia), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), and Blake Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) have signed on to House Bill (HR 662) bringing the total sponsors to 52.
  • Hawaii:  The State House Judiciary Committee advanced HB 385 that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.
  • Nebraska: Cigar smoking has been restored to Cigar Bars in the State.  Governor Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill 118 into law.  Under an emergency provision, the law goes into effect immediately.
Feature Story
This week we did piece recapping the 2014 TAA Exclusive Series

There was no episode of Stogie Geeks this week.  Stogie Geeks will return with Episode 131 on Thursday March 5th.

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