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La Cafetiere Prevails In Bodum Coffeemaker Suit

Law360 (March 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of housewares company La Cafetiere Inc. in a trade dress dispute with rival Bodum USA Inc. over the sale of the popular Chambord-style French press coffeemakers in the U.S.

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment to La Cafetiere last week after finding that the sales were authorized under a 1991 stock purchase agreement involving the company's predecessor.

Under the agreement, Bodum Holdings purchased all the shares of...
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