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Rulli Brothers suit seeks damages from flea market

YOUNGSTOWN — The owners of Rulli Brothers stores have filed a trademark infringement complaint in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, alleging that the Four Seasons Flea & Farm Market in Campbell is selling items from its business under a name too similar.

The suit alleges that the flea market has offered and advertised grocery services under the name “Rulliás Deli,” and the flea market is within eight miles of the Rulli Brothers stores in Youngstown and Austintown.

Rulli Brothers, which has operated a family grocery business since 1917, is known as “Rulliás,” “Rulli Brothers,” “Rulli Bros.,” “Rulli Bros. Market,” and “Rulli Brothers Market,” the suit states.

Rulli Brothers opened a grocery store on Kirk Road in Austintown in February 1988 and opened a second store on South Avenue in Youngstown in March 2009, the suit states.

Rulli Brothers registered the trade names with the state in 1997 and has spent extensive time, money and resources to develop and build a market for its grocery stores, specialty items, prepared foods, deli meats and other items, the suit states.

The flea and farm market, which has been in business on McCartney Road since 1992, “promoted, adopted and/or used the name ‘Rulli’s Deli’ with the intent of trading on the long-established goodwill and reputation built by Rulli Brothers,” the suit alleges.

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