Trader Joe’s Knockoff Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

Ben Harding/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has allowed a lawsuit filed by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who bought and resold its products at a mark-up to move forward.

The suit involves a Canadian man who allegedly purchased nearly $350,000 worth of Trader Joe’s products in Washington state, and resold them for higher prices a storefront branded “Pirate Joe’s.”

Trader Joe’s does not have stores in Canada

Michael Hallat claims his business was legal, and says his store looked nothing like a Trader Joe’s. His attorney says they are “weighing their options.”

The 9th Circuit claimed Hallat’s action could lower the value of the store’s American-held trademarks.

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