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Pirate Joe's is an unaffiliated unauthorized re-seller of Trader Joe's products (we were sued, they lost, they appealed, they won a second try). We stock what we are asked to stock by Trader Joe's lovers who don't always have the time (or a car or a passport) to head south to Bellingham (the nearest Trader Joe's). We buy retail from Trader Joe's then import everything legally and add Canadian compliant ingredient and nutrition facts labels. We have to pay the rent and the help (and the label supplier), so prices are about 30-40 percent higher than at Trader Joe's. 

Our Answering Brief to TJ's Opening Brief

We filed our Reply to Trader Joe's 9th Circuit Appeal of the District Court's Dismissal

Here's a highlight from our 55 pages of solid factual argument (Ace Counsel: Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle):

"Due to Trader Joe’s inability to bring an action against Hallatt under Canadian trademark law, Trader Joe’s seeks to use U.S. trademark law and U.S. courts to police Hallatt’s acts occurring in Canadian commerce.

This directly conflicts with Canadian law, as the rights which Trader Joe’s seeks to enforce in this action are rights, which Trader Joe’s does not possess under Canadian law."

Pirate: 2 Corporation: 0

In October Trader Joe's was given leave to amend their complaint so they could try to find something on the books in Washington State that would support their claims. 

They filed a bunch of nonsense last month and yesterday the court called them out on it

Hopefully they will get new counsel and call us. We love Trader Joe's! 

 

Docket Text:

JUDGMENT BY COURT; Plaintiff does not state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Defendants' motion to dismiss is GRANTED. Because amendment would be futile, the case is DISMISSED with prejudice. (TF)

AND

Docket Text:

ORDER Granting Defts' [39] Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint by Judge Marsha J. Pechman; The case is DISMISSED with prejudice. (TF)

The Order

 

 

Seattle Weekly

Chason Gordon wrote an excellent article for Seattle Weekly titled "An Inside Look at Trader Joe’s Notorious Canadian Knock-Off".

 

"Curious about how his operation worked, I recently joined Hallatt on one of his shopping trips . . . sort of. Earlier in this excursion, the shoppers had hit nearly every Trader Joe’s in the state, beginning in Bellingham—the location most frequented by Vancouverites—and making their way down through Everett, Lynnwood, Ballard, Queen Anne, the U District, and lastly Capitol Hill, where I waited to meet them."

 

Trader Joe's v. Pirate Joe's - The Latest

In May Trader Joe's filed suit against us in U.S. District Court For The Western DIstrict of Washington State. Their complaint relied on a Federal statute called The Lanham Act. We filed a Motion to Dismiss and it was granted with prejudice on October 4th by Chief United States District Judge Marsha Pechman. She gave Trader Joe's leave to amend their Complaint to support something called diversity jurisdiction over their state law claims. Trader Joe's filed an Amended Complaint on October 15th. They also filed a Motion For Reconsideration on October 16th but that was denied October 28th. We filed another Motion to Dismiss on October 29th. Trader Joe's filed their Opposition on November 18th. We filed our Reply on November 22nd. Normally that's it and we wait but Trader Joe's filed a Reply to our Reply called a Surreply. We hope we get a ruling this month.

 

Pumpkin Carvers Win Too

Maya, Layla and Isabelle won a pumpkin carving contest at school after they explained to fellow students and their teachers how "they support Pirate Joe's because they are standing up to bullies". Made our day. :-)

 

Maya, Barry, Isabelle and Leila October 31, 2013

Maya, Barry, Isabelle and Leila

October 31, 2013

Denied

US District Court denied Trader Joe's request for reconsideration of the dismissal of their complaint. Read the decision here  Here is Trader Joe's amended complaint. We will defend ourselves against this one too. 

In other news, we are managing to get supply but we are always out of stuff.  Please keep your expectations in line with 'better than nothing'. Call first if you are making a special trip for something in particular. 

Dear Trader Joe's,

Leave us alone, open a store in Vancouver or give your Canadian customers a better way to get their stuff. Asking families to make the trek over the border is unfair. We are open to ANY adjustment you want us to make but we will not roll over either. You have a great market for your great products here in Canada. Bellingham is not in Canada. Call us! We love you!

 

Mike