Yeti files two more cut-it-out law­suits

Austin com­pany says Texas, Alabama firms’ prod­ucts are sim­i­lar.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­ Yeti

Austin-based Yeti Cool­ers is con­tin­u­ing its at­tack on com­pa­nies it ac­cuses of mak­ing prod­ucts that are “con­fus­ingly sim­i­lar” to its own, fil­ing suit in fed­eral court against two more com­peti­tors.

The maker of high-end cool­ers and drinkware filed suit Fri­day against Liv­ingston-based Axis Cups and Irv­ing­ton, Ala.-based Bayou Ice Boxes, seek­ing to force the com­pa­nies to re­call ex­ist­ing prod­ucts and re­design their prod­ucts go­ing for­ward. Yeti is also re­quest­ing mon­e­tary dam­ages. Both cases were filed in U.S. District Court in Austin.

Yeti re­cently set­tled a sim­i­lar suit against com­peti­tor RTIC. Un­der terms of that agree­ment, RTIC can no longer man­u­fac­ture the “of­fend­ing” prod­ucts. The com­pany has un­til May 1 to sell any re­main­ing cool­ers and ther­mal mugs in its stock. Yeti and RTIC each agreed to pay their own le­gal fees.

In the two new cases, Yeti’s claims are sim­i­lar to those made against RTIC and, be­fore that, Mam­moth Cool­ers.

Axis Cups and Bayou Ice Boxes have, ac­cord­ing to Yeti, “pur­posely ad­ver­tised, pro­moted, of­fered for sale, sold and/or dis­trib­uted, and con­tinue to ad­ver-

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