Starbucks Beaned By Antitrust Suit

Law360 (September 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Setting the scene for a David versus Goliath showdown, the owner of a small Washington coffee company has sued Starbucks Corp. for allegedly engaging in anti-competitive practices that drove her out of business.

On Monday, Penny Stafford filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, blasting the coffee chain’s “insatiable and unchecked ambition” to dominate the specialty coffee market.

Stafford, the owner of Belvi Coffee and Tea Exchange Inc., has accused Starbucks of violating antitrust laws by thwarting her attempts to...
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