An Ohio federal court has granted Spangler Candy Co. a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit alleging that Tootsie Roll Industries copied the packaging of its Dum Dums candy. Spangler Candy Co. v. Tootsie Roll Indus., No. 18-1146 (N.D. Ohio, entered March 13, 2019). The court found the Dum Dums red bag not inherently distinctive, instead relying on evidence that Tootsie had intent to copy because it “specifically recognized the similarity between the violators’ color scheme, had multiple other options, and chose to proceed with the similar design anyway.” The court also found that “the amount-of-sales and established-place-in-the-market weigh strongly in Spangler’s favor.”

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