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Roaster Offering ‘Charbucks’ Wins Legal Fight With Starbucks

A small New Hampshire coffee roaster has won the latest round in a 14-year legal battle against Starbucks.

Starbucks loses legal battle over Charbucks nameA U.S. District Court in New York has confirmed previous rulings that Black Bear Micro Roastery, a Tuftonboro-based family business, is not infringing on Starbucks trademarks by offering a dark roast known as “Charbucks.”

Christopher Cole, a lawyer for the smaller company, told, that he expects Starbucks to appeal the ruling in federal court.

“It’s very important to them. It’s a little odd to us. There really is no harm that can be inflicted on Starbucks by this tiny little company in Tuftonboro,” he said.

Starbucks spokesman Alan Hilowitz said, in a statement, “We only filed the suit after a prolonged, but unsuccessful attempt to enlist Black Bear’s cooperation and to resolve this matter without litigation. We are currently reviewing the ruling.”

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