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BAT, Nike, Nestle, Chick-fil-A: Intellectual Property

British American Tobacco Plc’s Zimbabwean unit denied allegations of “industrial espionage” and “illegal activity” after the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, said that BAT had disrupted shipments by rivals.

Mugabe told a conference on empowerment of black Zimbabweans in Harare last week that his government had got information that the unit, British American Tobacco Holdings Zimbabwe Ltd., had been working with groups in South Africa against Savanna Tobacco Co., a Zimbabwean tobacco company owned by a businessmen, Adam Molai. He said the information, which included the armed theft of tobacco from Savanna, “appears to be authentic.”