Nespresso fires trademark lawsuit against Williams-Sonoma over coffee pods

Nespresso lawsuitUpdated: May 10, 2019 / 4:07 PM

Nespresso USA, who is the coffee machine maker giant, has sued the cookware company, Williams-Sonoma, for trademark infringement. Nespresso accused the specialty retailer of “tarnishing the Nespresso brand” by selling look-alike espresso capsules that produce low-grade coffee.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court and claimed that Williams-Sonoma copied the Nespresso capsule design in a “willful ploy” to trade off Nespresso’s popularity and reputation.

The Nespresso company is part of Switzerland-based Nestle SA.