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P&G sues Vi-Jon over mouthwash bottle

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a private-label manufacturer and distributor of mouthwash for allegedly violating the former’s intellectual property.

P&G claimed in its suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, that Vi-Jon’s mouthwash product carries a bottle and label shape design that is too similar to P&G’s Scope Outlast mouthwash.

The lawsuit seeks to stop Vi-Jon from violating P&G’s intellectual property, including its design patents, trade dress, trademarks and copyright, and to stop the company from selling the infringing products.

"Scope has invested in significant [research and development] to bring this product to market, and we take very seriously issues related to our intellectual property and competitive advantage," P&G Oral Care group president Charlie Pierce said. "Vi-Jon is using and benefitting from our intellectual property, which we developed and promoted at great cost. We’re taking this action to prevent consumers from being misled and to protect our business."

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JPC sponsors Spring Fest 2011 in Miami

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Ethnic hair care brand Johnson Products is sponsoring this Memorial Day weekend Spring Fest 2011 in Miami and will promote its Ultra Sheen Men product line at the festival.

Known as Radio One’s Annual Birthday Bash, the festival features some of the hottest acts in hip-hop, reggae and R&B. Targeted to the "urban gentleman," defined as a trendsetting man with style and swagger, JPC plans to shine a spotlight on Ultra Sheen Men during Spring Fest 2011 by promoting its products and its "Step Up Your Game" mantra to festival attendees.

"We at Johnson Products Co. are thrilled to support Spring Fest 2011 in Miami this year," stated Robert Hudson, brand manager for JPC. "This partnership reflects our commitment to engage consumers in entertaining and fun environments, and provides an opportunity to introduce our Ultra Sheen Men products to our target audience in a creative and nontraditional way."

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Royal Ahold’s Ross to serve as Avon’s financial chief

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Royal Ahold executive Kimberly Ross is joining beauty company Avon as EVP and CFO, reporting to Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and CEO.

Ross currently is EVP and CFO and a member of the executive board of Royal Ahold NV, a Netherlands-based international group with more than 2,970 stores and supermarkets spanning Europe and the United States.

Ross is expected to join Avon in the fall following a required notice period during which she will continue to serve as Royal Ahold’s CFO. At Avon, she will succeed Charles Cramb, who continues to serve as interim CFO in addition to his role as vice chairman of Avon’s developed market group.

Ross joined Royal Ahold in 2001 and advanced through a series of positions in treasury, tax and finance before her appointment as CFO in 2007. Her responsibilities have included driving business and financial performance, as well as direct oversight of strategic business planning, risk management, accounting, tax, treasury, internal controls, investor relations and information technology.

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