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Starbucks sues former exec for joining Dunkin’ Donuts

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle Starbucks Corp. is suing a former executive it accused of violating non-competition and separation agreements when he went to work for rival Dunkin’ Donuts.

Starbucks filed the lawsuit against Paul Twohig, who oversaw the company’s retail operations in the Southeast before joining Dunkin’ Donuts.

Starbucks has accused Twohig of breaching an 18-month, non-compete agreement. At the time of his departure from Starbucks in March 2009, Twohig was responsible for developing Starbucks brand for thousands of retail stores and formulating business plans to respond to competitors such as Dunkin’ Donuts.

According to the complaint, Twohig in August asked to be released from the non-compete agreement so he could take a job with Dunkin’ Donuts. Starbucks refused.

Through an Internet search, Starbucks on Oct. 3 learned Twohig had accepted a position with Dunkin’ Donuts as its brand operations officer.

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Staples working to protect the forests

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Staples and Dogwood Alliance are teaming up with other conservation groups, wood products companies and landowners to announce a new project that will protect forests, combat climate change and help develop sources of paper and wood products certified to the high standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC.

The Carbon Canopy is focused on forests in the Southern U.S., the largest paper and wood-producing region in the world where 90% of the forests are privately owned. The Carbon Canopy’s goal is to create financial incentives for landowners to increase forest conservation and restoration efforts and to certify management practices to the high standards of FSC.

Carbon Canopy partners include: Staples, Dogwood Alliance, Columbia Forest Products, Pacific Forest Trust, FSC US, Rainforest Alliance, Green Press Initiative, Domtar, The Home Depot, Environmental Defense, Interface, The Forestland Group and The Keystone Center.

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Target’s dropping the prices on hot toys

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MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. Target is cutting prices on top toys this holiday season.

As of Oct. 1 through the holiday season, a selection of toys will be discounted up to 50%.  Some of these discounted items include Barbie Fashion Doll, GI Joe Tough Troopers Figure and the Fisher-Price Little People Play ‘N Go Farm Set 50th Anniversary edition.  The full assortment of discounted toys can be found online at Target.com/weeklyad.

If Target does not offer the lowest price, Target stores nationwide will match locally advertised prices from other reatilers on identical single items.

For more information on Target and Target’s Low Price Promise, visit Target.com.

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