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All About Sam Leccia

Sam Leccia has been all over the place lately. Since he left Oliva Cigar Co. last year, it seemed like he took a brief break from the press, but ever since the announcement of Sam Leccia Cigar Co., he’s back in full force. Two new developments have come to light just today—some good news, and some not-so-good news. I’ll start with the not-so-good news so I can leave off on a lighter note.

According to a post on TheCigarFeed, Leccia is being sued by the Oliva Cigar Co. for breach of his 5-year non-compete agreement. No details have been released except for a statement sent to Charlie Minato of TheCigarFeed via Twitter: “Oliva Cigar Co. is currently in litigation with Sam Leccia. Sam Leccia signed a five-year non-compete. No further comments at this time.”

On a lighter note, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Examiner, Toraño Family Cigar Company has agreed to handle the distribution of Leccia’s new cigars. “We are excited about working with one of the industry’s most creative minds,” said Charlie Toraño, president of Toraño Family Cigar Company in a press release. “Sam Leccia has a unique energy and approach to the cigar industry. We look forward to the collaboration between our two companies,” he added. The article also mentioned that Leccia will be at the Toraño Family Cigar Company booth during the IPCPR trade show, so keep an eye out for his new Debut line if you’re going.

I think that considering the success of the Cain and Nub lines, and considering the fact that Leccia now has Toraño Family Cigar Company in his corner, things will go well for him. I really hope that Leccia and Oliva Cigar Co. can come to some kind of peaceable agreement—considering the hits the cigar industry has taken in the last year or two, the last thing it needs is a rift, or worse, a rivalry. Anyway, I’ll try to post any new developments as they trickle in, so keep an eye out for more on Sam Leccia.