U.S. News | UPS Sues Cannabis Delivery Companies for Trademark Infringement

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Last week, United Parcel Service filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a group of cannabis delivery companies for trademark infringement.

The plaintiff allege that the cannabis delivery companies, United Pot Smokers, UPS420, and THCPlant sell, market and offer delivery and logistics services for cannabis products through their websites www.upsgreen.com and www.ups420.com which is confusing to the consumers.

The plaintiff accused the defendants of infringing on its family of trademarks including its shield logo.

The plaintiff alleged that the infringement has caused confusion, damages, and deception to the consumers leading them to believe that
United Parcel Service is affiliated with the Cannabis companies thereby hurting their reputation and goodwill.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that they have sent multiple cease and desist warnings to the defendants but they refuse to desist.

 “The defendants have acquired a reputation for unlawful and unprofessional conduct, including offering sham services including ripping off medical marijuana patients as pointed by an online review” – UPS said.

The plaintiff is accusing the defendants of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, false designation of origin, deceptive advertising, and unfair business practices.

The plaintiff is seeking payment for damages, an end to the alleged infringement, and to gain control of the websites.

United Parcel Service, Inc. v. Kennedy, C.D. Cal.
Court U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Case No 19-00284
Date of Filing Feb. 13, 2019

UPS Representation
Morrison and Foerster LLP.
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