Bodum Sues Starbucks For Product Disparagement Over French Press Recall

From: reuters.com

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bodum Holding AG sued Starbucks Corp on Friday for alleged product disparagement in connection with the coffee company’s recent U.S. and Canadian recall of 263,200 co-branded French presses made from recycled materials.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, Bodum said Starbucks had no basis to “unilaterally” conduct the May 1 recall because the Bodum + Starbucks presses were not defective and met required specifications.

Bodum also accused Seattle-based Starbucks of creating the impression that Bodum French presses in general are defective, causing a media backlash and “significant brand damage” to the Lucerne, Switzerland-based company.

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