The firm would continue to represent Costco Wholesale Corp. Nathan Paine, an attorney representing the farmers, declined to discuss the lawsuit or issues surrounding it, such as who did the testing. COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, a Washington corporation; HAWAIIAN ISLES KONA COFFEE, LTD., LLC, a Hawaiian limited liability company; COST PLUS/WORLD MARKET, a subsidiary of BED BATH & BEYOND, a New York corporation; BCC ASSETS, LLC d/b/a BOYER’S COFFEE COMPANY, INC., a Colorado corporation; JAVA LLC, a Michigan limited liability • 2.7 million pounds of Kona coffee grown annually, • 20 million-plus pounds of Kona coffee sold to consumers, — Allegation in a lawsuit filed by Kona coffee farmers. 3) The lawsuit makes some other claims that show they are pretty ignorant of the market for Kona and the broader coffee business as a whole. The poke there is also cheap and fantastically fresh. Large bags of kona coffee were cheaper than going to the farms directly. Producers including Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Ltd. are also among those named in the suit. § 1125. Much of the coffee sold nationally as Kona fails a laboratory test for what the growers say are the telltale chemical signatures of the real stuff. Harvard Law SchoolWasserstein Hall, Suite 30501585 Massachusetts AveCambridge, MA 02138, Copyright © 2020 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Kona Blend Coffee, Medium Roast (Whole Bean), $12 for two pounds. “That is physically impossible,” the complaint said. “I spend good money on it.”. He stated that he “buy[s] Kona coffee from the Big Island, and for all I know it’s 100 percent Kona coffee,” and “spend[s] good money on it.”. § 1125, by selling ordinary commodity coffee as Kona coffee. Funnily enough the coffee is from another state. As Bill Donahue of Law360 explains, under U.S. law, a group of food producers can register a “certification mark” for a protected geographical term and limit the use of it to products that meet certain standards. Today's Paper “Someone is lying about the contents of their ‘Kona’ products.”. [CDATA[*/"div-insticator-ad-1");"div-insticator-ad-2");Insticator.load("em",{id : "9079e35e-f6b4-4d3b-be66-a2ac36cc31bd"})/*]]>*/, Copyright © 2020 West Hawaii Today. Andrew Gomes from West Hawaii Today, reported that John Sheveland, the president of Maui Coffee Co., was surprised by the lawsuit, because Sheveland believes he pays Kona coffee farmers for the relatively little Kona Coffee he sells. Amazon, Walmart, Costco Sued Over Fake 'Kona' Coffee Law360 (February 28, 2019, 4:25 PM EST) -- A group of Hawaiian coffee growers launched a class action … ... That all changed when I recently found myself on the receiving end of a few unopened bags of Costco coffee when one of my family members ordered too much to go through himself. Three kona farmers, reports West Hawaii Today, are suing several huge retailers and multiple coffee producers for selling fake kona coffee.The list of defendants includes Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Safeway and Kroger, along with producers like Maui Coffee Co (Hawaii), Magnum Coffee Roastery (Michigan) and Copper Moon Coffee (Indiana). Twenty-one major retailers including Walmart, Safeway and Costco are named in the lawsuit by the farmers who said that the sellers “wrongfully profited” from ordinary coffee. The farmers filed the case Wednesday in federal court in Seattle as class-action litigation intended to benefit the estimated 600 to 1,000 growers of Kona coffee on Hawaii island. Three Hawaii-based coffee producers are also defendants: Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee, Mulvadi Corp. and Maui Coffee Co. Mainland coffee producers named in the lawsuit are Colorado-based Boyer’s Coffee Co., Michigan-based Magnum Coffee Roastery, Indiana-based Copper Moon Coffee, Florida-based Gold Coffee Roasters and Minnesota-based Cameron’s Coffee and Distribution Co. John Sheveland, president of Maui Coffee Co., said he was surprised by the lawsuit, especially since his company sells mainly Maui coffee. 4.3 out of 5 stars 4,473. 99 ($0.62/Count) 15% coupon applied at … /*