Napa Winery Sues Duck Dynasty Wine Brand Over Trademark Infringement

Categories: Controversy, Wine

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Duckhorn (left) is suing Duck Commander (right) over trademark infringement.
The wildly popular family behind A&E's Duck Dynasty has found itself at the center of another controversy. The Robertsons, America's favorite Bible-thumpers, recently teamed up with St. Helena's Trinchero Family Estates to create a new "Duck Commander" wine series, producing Wood Duck 2012 Chardonnay, Triple Threat 2011 Red Blend, and Miss Priss 2012 Pink Moscato.

The wines retail for $9.99 at Walmart -- the root of the problem for St. Helena's Duckhorn Vineyards, which has been producing significantly more expensive wines under a similar label for more than 30 years. The company has sued Trinchero Family Estates, Duck Commander, and Walmart for trademark infringement and unfair competition "to prevent further confusion, dilution and reputational and other harm to Duckhorn."

The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 27, well before the publication of the Jan. 2014 GQ article in which Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments kicked off a firestorm and resulted in his short suspension from the show.

According to a statement from the company, Duckhorn has reached out to both Trinchero Family Estates and Duck Commander to reach an amicable resolution, but received no response:

"We proposed several simple compromises that allowed for both brands to coexist in a way that would eliminate the possibility of any marketplace confusion on wine lists or on retail shelves. The case for confusion or dilution is compelling and concerning, given that many key U.S. retailers shelve wines alphabetically, meaning that Decoy by Duckhorn, Duck Commander and Duckhorn Vineyards wines could be placed side by side. Duck Commander wines are also produced in our hometown of St. Helena (as indicated on their bottle) causing further potential confusion."

A representative from Trinchero Family Estates said that they were unable to comment on matters of public litigation.

Duck Commander wines are just one of the dozens of branded products that feature the Robertson family and the Duck Commander brand, from road kill candles to camouflage Segways and recliners.

Here's the filing:

2013-11-27 1 Complaint Plus Exhibits HB DWC

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Alan W. Perkins
Alan W. Perkins

Who cares? I'm just glad they're getting fucked with. 'You must learn' KRS One

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

No, I think a lackluster winery is trying to get in on some controversy to sell some wine.

Misty Gandee
Misty Gandee

If people realized that being a bigot is something to be proud of to people in that area, maybe they would think twice before watching

Esther Bonal Capote
Esther Bonal Capote

Too similar!!?? WTH!! What's next... Someone is going to sue over the trademark for child's the game "Duck Duck Goose!!"

Arturo Jauregui
Arturo Jauregui

Unreal they just trying to use somebody else's success to be famous!!!

Pamela Miramontes
Pamela Miramontes

NOPE, EVERYONE JUST TRYING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK, AFTER SOMBODY, BECOMES FAMOUS, AND WHERE WERE THEY, WHEN THEY WERE STRUGGLING.

Kyle Wiebalk
Kyle Wiebalk

Sounds like they're filing suit just for the free PR!

Diana Marie Pell
Diana Marie Pell

not even a little bit - not in name, not in branding look & feel, not at all. and anyone who thinks they have a leg to stand on should remember that the minute any company can lay claim to words like "duck" or an image of a duck in any form means we are all in trouble!

Carrie Lathers
Carrie Lathers

Not even a true competitor and nothing alike. Save the money and do not end up forever associated.

Jamie Thompson
Jamie Thompson

Ri-duck-ulous. (Although screw DD and what it represents.)

Robert Scalzi
Robert Scalzi

I hope they win - eff the Lousyana duck bigots

Larry Stein
Larry Stein

Agree with those who say ridicules, I so dislike that our legal system is set up in such a way that this type of lawsuit can take place.

coldbrewer
coldbrewer

They're just trying to get their name out there.  Haha...it's just business.

Laura Chenault
Laura Chenault

"under a similar label for more than 30 years" I do not see any similarities between these labels other than the word duck.

Crystel Aguilar
Crystel Aguilar

Just cuz they both have the word duck? uuuh The labels look different, the names are different, the prices are different.

Leslie West
Leslie West

Will the winery go after Donald Duck too? I'll be sure not to support the winery and this ridiculous suit.

Jennie Baumback
Jennie Baumback

First of all, who would buy Duck Commander WINE? There is no second of all.

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson

I say...Donate your lawyer fees to the needy!!

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