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Oliva Cigar Suing Sam Leccia

Oliva Cigar Co. has filed an injunction against former employee Sam Leccia for breach of contract.

Leccia, who had been part of developing Oliva's NUb cigar brand and concept back in 2008 and was the face behind the Oliva brand Cain, parted ways with Oliva in November of last year. Six months later, Leccia announced the birth of the Sam Leccia Cigar Co. and its new brand called Debut.

Shortly after, Oliva filed suit with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami-Dade County.

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"So, I can understand people needing to protect their brand and enforce contracts that may exist, but this kinda sucks. I was looking forward to the new Debut cigar. " —June 21, 2011 23:00 PM