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Walmart Hit With $95M Jury Verdict in Trademark Case (Corrected)

Feb. 13, 2019, 2:05 PM; Updated: Feb. 15, 2019, 1:19 PM

A jury determined Walmart Stores Inc. owes $95.5 million for using another company’s trademarks to sell grills, after a federal appeals court tossed a judge’s earlier, less expensive infringement ruling.

Walmart’s Backyard Grill trademark was likely to cause confusion with Variety Stores Inc.'s Backyard and Backyard BBQ marks used to sell lawn and garden goods, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina jury ruled Feb. 12.

The jury said Walmart willfully infringe the trademarks and awarded Variety more than $45 million in royalties and $50 million in profits.

The verdict comes less than a year after ...

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