Dunkin' wants lawyers disqualified from lawsuit over 'plant-based' sausage
· Dunkin' says opposing law firm in trademark case represents its subsidiary in a harassment case
· Dunkin' says loss in trademark case would hurt subsidiary
By Blake Brittain, Reuters
June 16, 2022
(Reuters) - Dunkin' Brands Inc told a Florida federal court Wednesday that law firm Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders should not be allowed to represent a Philadelphia company suing it for trademark infringement because the firm represents another Dunkin' unit in a different case.
Troutman's defense of Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC in a New Jersey sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit should disqualify it from representing Vegadelphia Foods in its lawsuit over Dunkin' and Beyond Meat's "Great Taste, Plant-Based" slogan, the company said.
The companies and their attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Troutman spokesperson also could not immediately be reached.
Vegadelphia, which sells plant-based beef and chicken, said in its April lawsuit that Dunkin' and Beyond Meat's slogan for their Beyond Sausage Sandwich is likely to cause confusion with its trademarked slogan, "Where Great Taste is Plant-Based."
Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin' launched the vegan breakfast sandwich in 2019 but dropped it from most store menus last year, according to media reports...