A Chicago coffee maker has sued a black coffee company after the coffee maker accused the coffee company of violating the company’s trademark by selling coffee without a license.
The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, claims that Verve Coffee’s Black Coffee Coffee was not licensed by Verve, but was instead sold through a third-party company.
The lawsuit alleges that Vervey “did not follow the license conditions established in its license agreement with Verve.”
Verve, based in Chicago’s Chicago suburb of Englewood, has been the target of a number of trademark infringement lawsuits in recent years.
In 2014, the company was sued by a California company who claimed Verve sold coffee without the permission of Verve.
In 2015, a Texas company sued Verve for trademark infringement and alleged that Verme was using its coffee as a marketing tool to promote Verve products.
In 2016, a California-based coffee shop was also sued for trademark violations by a Verve supplier after a Verme-owned store in that state displayed Verve coffee.
Verve did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.