Trader Joe's Pirate Store Should Walk The Plank, 9th Circ. Told

By Daniel Siegal (June 7, 2016, 9:24 PM EDT) -- Trader Joe's urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive its trademark infringement suit against a Vancouver man who buys groceries at its U.S. stores and resells them at his Canadian store Pirate Joe's, arguing the pirate's lax food safety protocols could poison the grocery chain's good name.

During oral arguments in Seattle, Anna-Rose Mathieson of California Appellate Law Group LLP, representing Trader Joe's Co., urged a three-judge panel to revive its federal trademark infringement claims and Washington state consumer protection and mark dilution claims against Michael Hallatt, who sells the Trader Joe's-brand food from a Vancouver storefront with the provocative...

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