Kiwifruit giant Zespri International has won another round in its legal battle with a rival.

Five claims made in a suit brought against Tauranga, New Zealand-based Zespri by Auckland, New Zealand-based Turners & Growers have been thrown out by the country’s High Court, according to news stories.

It’s the latest blow to Turners & Growers, which filed an application in November to export new, non-Zespri kiwifruit varieties. The application was rejected in June by Kiwifruit New Zealand, the industry’s regulatory body.

In a news release, Zespri’s general manager for grower and government relations, Simon Limmer, said Turners & Growers’ litigation involving Zespri had cost kiwifruit growers millions.

“As we said from the outset, T&G’s litigation was always entirely without merit and is nothing but a publicity stunt in the context of their broader campaign to deregulate the industry,” Limmer said.

Shippers of non-Zespri kiwifruit varieties are banned from shipping anywhere except Australia. Shippers must go through Zespri to market fruit exported to all other countries.