September 18, 2007
Richmond based tobacco giant Philip Morris is taking some legal action against some websites allegedly selling their cigarettes.
For cigarette smokers looking to save a few bucks there are some sites out there that are selling popular brands for considerably less but cigarette maker Philip Morris says they're operating illegally and the company is now taking legal action.
The Virginia based company says its suing two internet sites, www.paylessmoke.com and www.cigmall.net, for illegally importing Marlboros and other cigarettes made for foreign markets and selling them in the United States.
The lawsuits say that these sites are violating a federal law by infringing on the company's trademarks. They say that these gray market vendors can sell cigarettes at a lower price because they are untaxed.
The company also says that cigarettes made for foreign markets may not be up to U.S. standards. Philip Morris is one of the largest cigarette makers in the world.