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Massachusetts and Rhode Island doughnut shops feud over the right to carry Ma's name

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A beloved doughnut shop in Massachusetts says it’s being forced to reopen under a new name after a Rhode Island company snagged a trademark for its decades-old moniker.

The family behind Ma’s Donuts in New Bedford was planning to reboot the shop this year after it closed in 2016 following more than 60 years slinging doughnuts and coffee. But before the doors opened, the shop says it was notified that Ma’s Donuts and More in Middletown, Rhode Island, had obtained a trademark for the name while the shop was closed.

Owners of the Massachusetts bakery said they were being ordered to abandon the original

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