Amazon, Walmart, Costco Sued Over Fake 'Kona' Coffee

Law360 (February 28, 2019, 4:25 PM EST) -- A group of Hawaiian coffee growers launched a class action Wednesday accusing Amazon, Walmart, Costco and others of violating federal law by selling ordinary coffee under the name "Kona."

Filed on behalf of "farmers who grow the entire worldwide supply of authentic Kona coffee," the lawsuit claims that only coffee grown in the Kona District of the Big Island of Hawaii can be legally labeled as "Kona."

By using the name on other coffee, the farmers say, the retailers have violated the federal Lanham Act and its ban on false designations of origin.

"The term 'Kona' tells consumers their coffee comes...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS