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2 water companies at odds over Poland Spring label

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bottled-water company that won the right to draw water from Poland Spring is at loggerheads with the Maine-based Poland Spring brand.

Newcomer Maine Springs says it's required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. It's suing the Poland Spring company, which has told it that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

A spokeswoman for Poland Spring's corporate parent, Nestle Waters North America, tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1rqjWb3 ) the Maine Springs lawsuit is "meritless."

Maine Springs also contends the Poland Spring company misrepresents the source of its water. In 2003, Poland Spring settled a class action lawsuit that contended its water comes from wells, not bubbling springs. Poland Spring's water sources include Poland, Poland Spring, Hollis, Kingfield and Fryeburg.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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