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Duckhorn Sues Duck Commander

WINE WARS!!!

12/24/2013 8:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Duck Commander is being sued by a high-end Napa winery with a simple premise ... if it walks like a duck ... then we own it.

Duckhorn Wine Company claims in a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- its expensive, ultra-premium wine brand -- which goes to nearly $100 a bottle --  is being diluted by Duck Commander's cheap, Walmart line of vino -- which goes for $9.99.

Check out the two labels.  Duckhorn claims customers are getting confused by the 2 and buying the cheap stuff at its expense.  What's worse for Duckhorn ... the company claims when you search online for duck and wine, all you see is Duck Commander. 

And here's what really pissed off Duckhorn, which sold its wine years before Duck Commander.  The D.C. blends cheapen the brand, with names like Triple Threat Red Blend, Wood Duck Chardonnay and Miss Priss Pink Moscato!

And to add insult to injury, Duckhorn grouses when Duck Commander launched its brand, it threw a drunken, redneck party in hoity-toity Napa ... a stone's throw from Duckhorn's vineyard.

Duck Commander scoffs at the lawsuit ... claiming that Duckhorn has no monopoly on the word "duck."  They cite other duck trademarks, such as Long Duck, Duck Shack, Ugly Duckling, and Duck Duck Goose.  But our favorites ... Orthoducks and Ducklebery Grunt!

A judge has yet to rule.

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16.

Faunmax    

This is a frivolous law suit and will be thrown out of court. Guess they thought by filing it they could get some publicity from Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty. I don't think walmart even sell $100 bottles of wine so where's the problem.

242 days ago
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dimes    

Maybe if the cheap wine used the word "duckhorn" there could be a case, but I'm not seeing the standalone word, "duck", anywhere on the pricy wine's label. Are they suing based on the drawing of a duck? Good luck with that.

242 days ago
18.

HumanNature    

WINE IS WINE!!!!


I PREFER GREY "GOOSE'!!!!!!

242 days ago
19.

cementmixer    

If their customers are Confused between a hundred dollar wine and a ten dollar bottle of wine. That should tell yu that their wine isn't very good or their customers aren't very smart.

242 days ago
20.

Usagi-chan    

of course this irrelevant story is just another excuse to spew your hate about gay people. you have very little in common with true christians.

242 days ago
21.

liberal racist    

sue those duckturds!!!

242 days ago
22.

Susanlsmith    

I will buy anything that those duck people put out, got to stand for something

242 days ago
23.

Clytemnestra    

I don't blame the fancy winery; this is an excellent opportunity to get their brand a ton of free publicity. Ain't capitalism wonderful!?!

242 days ago
24.

Eric    

How come you show two bottles of Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc in the article? What happeded to the Duck Commander wine?

242 days ago
25.

buzz kill    

Sales must be down if they are that worried about competition from the cheap stuff.

242 days ago
26.

Miara    

A drunken, redneck party? Wow, they sure know how to represent their religious beliefs, I mean ignorance. lol.

242 days ago
27.

DDTDAJOM    

Tmz go suck a duck

242 days ago
28.

spock    

Imagine a confused customer shows up at a fancy Christmas party with a couple of bottles of the Duck Dynasty wine instead of the HornyDuck wine? That would be epic to film the reactions of the others and the person when they found out.

242 days ago
29.

Lsap    

Well Scrooge mcDuck just filed suit and he has deep pockets

242 days ago
30.

Casey    

I never saw a hundred dollar bottle of wine at Walmart! Most of us rednecks Don't waste our money like that!

242 days ago
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