Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

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    National Tobacco Sister Company North Atlantic Operating Company Obtains Preliminary Injunction agai

    ​February 18, 2019

    Last month, National Tobacco Company and its sister company North Atlantic Operating Company (NAOC) won a preliminary injunction against AAA Traders, Inc., after finding the company bought and sold at least 1,552 cartons of counterfeit Zig-Zag® Orange cigarette papers. The injunction prevents AAA from manufacturing, buying or marketing any counterfeit Zig-Zag or other NAOC products.

    The ruling from Judge Michael L. Brown of the U.S. District Court in Atlanta comes after NAOC filed suit against AAA alleging trademark and copyright infringement, among other violations. The suit claims AAA purchased the counterfeit products from unauthorized sellers at prices dramatically below market standards. Judge Brown ruled the counterfeit products caused irreparable harm to NAOC, rendering them unable to control the quality and safety of the products.

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    GUST Fund Advisory Committee

    ​February 7, 2019

    Several GACS members have been included as part of Georgia EPD’s UST Fund Advisory Committee. They have met several times to discuss the GUST Trust Fund’s successes, challenges, and improvements for the program. View their most recent presentation.

    Thank you to all of the committee members:

    • Eric Blalock, RaceTrac
    • Hugh Burkett, Burkett Oil Company
    • John Cape, Petrofast Food Stores
    • David Drew, Circle K
    • Bill Greer, Georgia Tank & Equipment Contractors Association
    • Angela Holland, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
    • Burt Jones, Jones Petroleum Company
    • Roger Lane, Georgia Oilmen’s Association
    • Sarah Lepak, QuikTrip
    • Darren Moore, ATC
    • Allen Painter, Atlanta Retailers Association
    • Mark Scudder, MECO Atlanta
    • Mary Stacy, S & M E
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    2019 Tax Calendar

    ​February 4, 2019

    Courtesy of Moore Colson

    To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2019 deadlines, Moore Colson has provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due.

    View table.

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    CNN Report - Fighting Human Trafficking During the Super Bowl

    ​February 1, 2019

    Courtesy of CNN

    Thank you to CNN for highlighting the efforts companies and organizations are doing to combat human trafficking, specifically surrounding the Super Bowl.

    While the Super Bowl certainly brings more awareness, human trafficking occurs 365 days a year. Join the fight against trafficking by participating in the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking Program.

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    In Our Backyard Launches Lifeline, A Short Film

    ​January 31, 2019

    As National Human Trafficking Awareness Month draws to a close, remember that human trafficking happens 365 days a year in every zip code in America. The work must continue if we are going to stop this atrocity. Convenience stores are well equipped to join the fight, as they can often be the eyes and ears of the community. Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT), a program offered by non-profit In Our Backyard, provides retailers with training and life saving materials, including Freedom Stickers.

    How can Freedom Stickers make an impact? Watch the below video to see how they can save lives!

    Learn more about CSAT

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