January 9, 2018 / 11:08 AM / 8 days ago

Dutch court grants rights to Stolichnaya, "Stoli" brands to Russia

AMSTERDAM, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling granting rights to the famed “Stolichnaya” vodka brand to Russia’s state-owned Sojuzplodoimport and stripping them from Luxembourg-based Spirits International.

The decision, which governs only sales in the Netherlands, is a setback for Spirits owner SPI Group, which is also facing challenges over the brand in other markets including 13 European Union countries, the U.S. and Australia.

Reporting by Toby Sterling, editing by Louise Heavens

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