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  • The Us District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled in favor of Coupons, Inc., giving the company a permanent injunction against the counterfeiting of its consumer-printed coupons.

    “This important ruling validates our assertion that the unique features of our coupons, combined with the many security features built into our systems, make them the most fraud-resistant coupons available in any medium,” said Steven R. Boal, Coupons Inc.’s CEO. “Although counterfeiting is rare, this gives us another tool to go directly after counterfeiters, permanently shut them down, and seek damages.”

  • The Sacramento Bee reports that California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi plans to prosecute pharmacies that force injured workers to pay cash upfront for prescriptions, a position that some retailers are threatening to take because of reduced reimbursements they receive under the workers' compensation cost-savings measures that became law Jan. 1.

    Garamendi promised to fine druggists three times the cost of the prescriptions if they bill the workers upfront, and will file a class action suit to stop the pharmacies from doing so.

  • Starbucks said that it is suing a Chinese coffee retailer, Shanghai Xing Ba Ke Coffee Shop Co, whose Mandarin name is written and pronounced the same as the name used by Starbucks when it started operating in China.

    Starbucks has some 90 stores in China.

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