Canadian Pirate Ducks Trader Joe's Trademark Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 2, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge Wednesday tossed specialty grocery chain Trader Joe’s Co.'s lawsuit accusing a Vancouver man of violating its trademarked brand by buying items in the U.S. and reselling them in Canada, citing a lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

The decision comes a month after Trader Joe’s fired back at Michael Hallatt, who shills the Trader Joe's-brand food in Vancouver under the provocative name “Pirate Joe's,” saying his Canadian mailing address shouldn't spare him from liability. The chain made headlines for its federal lawsuit accusing...
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Case Information

Case Title

Trader Joe's Company v. Hallatt et al

Case Number



Washington Western

Nature of Suit



Barbara J. Rothstein

Date Filed

May 1, 2013

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