Trader Joe’s and Pepperidge Farm settle cookie trademark battle

The two food brands reached a semi-sweet agreement this week after months of hearings and deliberation over a similar product.

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Who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate cookie? If you’re on Pepperidge Farm’s legal team, you’re probably not a big fan of Trader Joe’s offerings—or its marketing efforts.

The Associated Press reports that the two organizations settled a lawsuit in federal court in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday over accusations that Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies, which are deliciously filled with Belgian chocolate, were overly similar to Pepperidge Farm’s infamous Milano cookies.

News of the lawsuit emerged in December and had crisis teams at the ready if things turned ugly.

Brand managers at Pepperidge Farm claim Trader Joe’s cookies were too similar in shape, and that they used similar packaging to their trademarked Milanos.

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