Conopco, Inc. v. 2026 Third Realty, LLC.

1:22-cv-03480 | S.D.N.Y. | Oct 26, 2022

10/26/2022

1. This Court has jurisdiction over this matter under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1338, and 1367. This Court has personal jurisdiction over the Parties under New York CPLR §§ 301 and/or 302(a), and venue is proper in this District under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) and (c).

2. Unilever has represented that it is the owner of numerous valid and subsisting trademark registrations for the HELLMANN’S trademarks on the Principal Register in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) (the “HELLMANN’S Marks”), which alone or in combination appear on Unilever’s authentic HELLMANN’S-branded mayonnaise, including: Mark Registration No. Date Registered Goods/Services HELLMANN’S (Stylized) 0514280 Mayonnaise, salad August 23, 1949

dressings, sandwich spread, and tartar sauce
1017067 July 29, 1975 Salad dressing, mayonnaise, mayonnaise dressing, relish sandwich spread, and tartar sauce

BLUE RIBBON 1236589 May 3, 1983 Mayonnaise

HELLMANN’S REAL

MAYONNAISE

BRING OUT THE BEST 1478873 March 1, 1988 Mayonnaise HELLMANN’S ‘BRING 4721213 April 14, 2015 Mayonnaise and

OUT THE BEST’ salad dressings 2 Richard Hellmann 5514321 July 10, 2018 Mayonnaise, tartar (Stylized) sauce, sandwich spread comprised primarily of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, mustard, or tartar sauce

HELLMANN’S EST. 1913 5869191 September 24, 2019 Mayonnaise, dressings for salad, ketchup, tomato sauce, sauces, relish, mustard, and vinegar. HELLMANN’S EST. 1913 6357670 May 18, 2021 Oils and fats for food.

April 27, 2022 Declaration of Benjamin Murphy (“Murphy Decl.”) (Dkt. 21) ¶ 6, Ex. 1. 3. Since at least 1926, Unilever (including through predecessors) has used the HELLMANN’S brand in connection with mayonnaise and related food products in the United States. Id. ¶ 3. As a result of billions of dollars in sales, advertising, and promotion, the HELLMANN’S Marks are famous. Id. ¶ 4.

4. The AMIS Defendants acknowledge that the HELLMANN’S Marks are valid, protectable, and famous. 5. The AMIS Defendants used the HELLMANN’S Marks without authorization. 6. The AMIS Defendants have engaged in unauthorized use of the HELLMANN’S

Marks on counterfeit labels affixed to products that became expired (the “Counterfeit Products”), and such products could have confused and deceived the consuming public into thinking that the

3 Counterfeit Products emanate from and/or are authorized by Unilever. The AMIS Defendants’ activities described above (the “Infringing Activities”) constitute trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and false designation of origin under 15 U.S.C. §§ 1117, 1125(a), 1125(c) and New York common law.

7. The AMIS Defendants acknowledge that their Infringing Activities were willful and have caused Unilever harm and injury. 8. The AMIS Defendants have represented to Unilever that the only remaining Counterfeit Products are in Container No. TCNU2879790 (which arrived in Newark, New Jersey on or about June 4, 2022) and Container No. TLLU4707153 (which arrived in Banjul, Gambia on or about June 14, 2022), and the AMIS Defendants have further represented that these Counterfeit Products have been confiscated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Banjul, Gambia authorities; that the AMIS Defendants have provided and will continue to provide cooperation to the authorities when asked to assist with the confiscation and/or the scheduling of the destruction of the Counterfeit Products; and that they will not interfere with the destruction of and/or remove, distribute, sell, or otherwise tamper with the Counterfeit Products.

BASED UPON THE FOREGOING, IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:

The AMIS Defendants and their employees, agents, partners, officers, directors, owners,

shareholders, principals, subsidiaries, related companies, affiliates, and/or all persons within the AMIS Defendants’ control are permanently enjoined from:

1. Using any of the HELLMANN’S Marks in connection with the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, distribution, or advertising of any products; 2. Committing any acts calculated to cause purchasers to believe that the Counterfeit Products are sold under the control or supervision of Unilever, when they are not; 4 3. Selling, passing off, inducing, or enabling others to sell or pass off any products— including without limitation HELLMANN’S mayonnaise—as Unilever goods or as produced by or for Unilever, which are not Unilever’s genuine goods, or are not sold under the control or supervision of Unilever;

4. Directly or indirectly manufacturing, importing, exporting, advertising, marketing, promoting, distributing, displaying, offering for sale and/or selling Counterfeit Products, or any counterfeit or infringing packaging, labels, signage, and/or any other materials in any medium for the same;

5. Using any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of any of the HELLMANN’S Marks in connection with the publicity, promotion, sale, or advertising of any products;

6. Affixing, applying, annexing, or using in connection with the sale, offer for sale, or advertising of any goods, a false description or representation including words or other symbols tending to falsely describe or represent such goods as Unilever goods and from offering such goods in commerce;

7. Diluting any of the HELLMANN’S Marks; and 8. Assisting, inducing, enabling, aiding, or abetting any other person or

business entity engaging in or performing any of the activities referred in subparagraphs 1–7 above.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT , the AMIS Defendants are directed immediately: 1. To the extent not previously undertaken, to destroy and/or assist third parties with the destruction of, all Counterfeit Products, packaging, labels, signage, advertisements, promotional materials, stationery, forms, and/or any other

5 materials and things in any medium that contain or bear the HELLMANN’S Marks or any other mark, logo, tagline, slogan, design, designation, or indicator that is confusingly similar to or dilutive of the HELLMANN’S Marks, including but not limited to providing whatever assistance and actions are necessary for the immediate destruction of the Counterfeit Products contained in Container No. TCNU2879790 (which arrived in Newark, New Jersey on or about June 4, 2022) and Container No. TLLU4707153 (which arrived in Banjul, Gambia on or about June 14, 2022);
2. Cooperate in good faith with any law enforcement or other government authorities (whether domestic or foreign), Unilever, and Unilever’s agents, investigators, and attorneys regarding the above-mentioned destruction of the Counterfeit Products; and
3. Cover all associated costs (if any) for the above-mentioned destruction of the Counterfeit Products in Container No. TLLU4707153. To the extent the destruction of the Counterfeit Products referenced in Paragraph No. 1 above is handled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and/or Banjul authorities, the AMIS Defendants must provide to Unilever any certification or other documentation on the destruction they receive from any authorities regarding the destruction; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT , the AMIS Defendants shall comply with the Parties’ confidential Settlement Agreement. 6 New York, New York