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Lawsuit war between Dr. Pepper factories

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DUBLIN,TEXAS (AP) -

Dublin has long been known for its Dr. Pepper Plant. The Dublin plant is the first, smallest, and proud to still use real cane sugar.

"To be honest they have the best Dr. Pepper. They got the real deal." says Scott Estes who is in support of the plant. 

People in the town of Dublin are rallying around the plant, like they do high school football. They're organizing a legal defense fund to help the plant fight a lawsuit filed by Plano-based Dr. Pepper.

"The lawsuit filed by corporate Dr. Pepper Snapple has caused a huge financial burden for our company. We're a small family owned company and it's been some extreme costs incurred for this "says, Lori Dodd.

The company says Dublin Dr Pepper is confusing customers by adding their town's name to the soft drink's name, in effect creating their own sub-brand. Also the Dublin based plant is getting sued for selling it outside their approved six-county area. Dr. Pepper says it didn't want to file the lawsuit, and is just trying to protect its iconic 126-year-old trademark.

Spokesman for Dr. Pepper Chris Barnes says, "There would be no need for a legal defense fund if they honored the agreement they signed. We tried everything we could to keep this out of the courts but they left us with no other choice."

There is no word on when the federal lawsuit will go to trial. The defense fund's first big donation came from a local business group, which gave $25,000.

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