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The Wall Street Journal reports that Target Corp., as it prepares to enter the Canadian market with its discount department stores, is going to federal court in Canada to ask it “to impose a preliminary injunction against Canadian merchant Isaac Benitah and his company, Fairweather Ltd., which owns 15 stores across Canada called Target Apparel and has a logo similar to that of Target Corp. ... The court hearing is the latest volley in a battle that Target Corp. and Mr. Benitah have been waging for close to a decade over who owns the rights to the Target name in Canada.”

As noted in the Journal, “In mid-January, Target Corp. said it was entering Canada by purchasing the leases of as many as 220 Zellers stores from Hudson's Bay Co. for $1.8 billion. Target since has said it plans to open its first Canadian stores by 2013, and within seven years the company expects its Canadian franchise to produce about $6 billion in revenue.
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