NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bodum Holding AG sued Starbucks Corp on Friday for alleged product disparagement in connection with the coffee company’s recent recall of 230,000 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.
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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.
The lawsuit seeks to force Starbucks to pay all costs for the recall and pay damages to Bodum for hurting its reputation.
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Starbucks did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Bodum is among the best-known makers of French presses, and has sold them at Starbucks under a 2002 purchasing agreement.
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