A stuffed animal fight is taking place in the courtroom.
Squishmallow maker Jazwares, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, sued rival Build-A-Bear on Monday for allegedly stealing its designs. Build-A-Bear responded with a lawsuit of its own the same day.
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In your complaint filed in The angels In federal court, Jazwares accused Build-A-Bear of infringing its intellectual property rights with its new line of Skoosherz toys, saying the company “blatantly and intentionally” undermined its goodwill and created substantial confusion among consumers by copying the appearance of Squishmallows.
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Jazwares, which Berkshire has owned since it bought its parent company, Alleghany, in October 2022, is seeking an order for Build-A-Bear to stop making Skoosherz and pay them three times unspecified damages.
Build-A-Bear said in its filing in St. Louis federal court that Squishmallows do not have a consistent appearance, and Skoosherz are simply the latest type of “soft, pillow-like, squishie-like” toys that have been trending years ago .
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Build-A-Bear wants a court declaration that it did not violate Jazwares' trade dress rights in Squishmallows, and that such rights are unenforceable.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
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Neither Build-A-Bear nor its attorneys immediately responded to requests for additional comment.
Reuters contributed to this report.