Spangler Candy Co. has filed a lawsuit alleging that the packaging for Tootsie Roll Industries LLC’s Charms Mini Pops infringes its Dum Dums trade dress. Spangler Candy Co. v. Tootsie Roll Indus., LLC, No. 18-1146 (N.D. Ohio, filed May 18, 2018). Spangler asserts that for decades it has sold its lollipops in red bags with the brand name in white letters above a display window, a red border at the bottom and a yellow circle or oval with blue numerals in the center. The complaint alleges that Tootsie Roll has changed its Charms Mini Pops packaging from a yellow bag to a bag that resembles the Dum Dums bag. Further, pallet displays of the products at some retailers show bags inside similar yellow boxes, the complaint asserts, making the “overall visual impression” of the two products “deceptively and confusingly similar.” Claiming trade dress infringement and unfair competition, Spangler seeks damages, injunctive relief, accounting of profits and attorney’s fees.

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