United Parcel Service sued a group of California-primarily based marijuana delivery firms for federal trademark infringement, deceptive marketing and other claims.
The complaint was filed Feb. 13 in federal court in the central district of California, according to Bloomberg Law.
UPS accuses United Pot Smokers, UPS420 and THCPlant of making use of names and logos that are “confusingly similar” to the package-delivery giant’s name and nicely-recognized shield logo.
The defendants sell cannabis goods by means of the sites upsgreen.com and ups420.com, according to the complaint.
UPS mentioned it sent 3 cease-and-desist letters involving final August and November, but the defendants failed to respond.
The Atlanta-primarily based delivery giant also mentioned the alleged infringement hurts its reputation by means of association with a cannabis firm and additional claimed the defendants have a reputation for supplying “sham services” beneath the UPS mark and shield logo.
The defendants couldn’t right away be reached for comment, according to Bloomberg.
UPS is searching for a permanent injunction against the defendants and an unspecified quantity of monetary damages.
A federal judge on Feb. 15 denied UPS’ request for a short-term restraining order till the defendants have a possibility to be heard.
The defendants have been ordered to respond to the allegations by Feb. 28, with a hearing scheduled for March 7.