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Trader Joe's Co. v. Hallatt, 14-35035

In a trademark infringement action, arising after defendant purchased Trader Joe's goods in the United States and resold them at a mimic store in Canada, the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's Lanham Act claims is reversed where: 1) the extraterritorial application of the Lanham Act is a question as to the merits of a trademark claim instead of federal courts' subject-matter jurisdiction; and 2) Trader Joe's alleges a nexus between defendant's conduct and American commerce sufficient to warrant extraterritorial application of the Lanham Act.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/08/26

Judges

  • CHRISTEN

Court

  • United States Ninth Circuit

Counsel