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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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46.

Tammy LM    

This is a friviless lawsuit. They will never win and they know it.
They are either
1. Sueing fully aware they will lose just to capitolize on the new found publicity associated with the Duck Dynasty scandal, and want to do anything to get their name some added press.

Or

2. There is someone who is gay on the company's board, and they're doing it out of spite because of what Phil said concerning homosexuality.

272 days ago
47.

rob    

I thought Duck Dynasty had all the trademarks on the word "Duck". I agree with the previous commenter though, Donald Duck should have the ultimate say in who can and cannot just throw the D word around.

272 days ago
48.

Scott Levy    

Isn't drinking alcohol against their hardcore Christian beliefs? Bashing gays but promoting people to get drunk. Typical right-wing Christian hypocrisy.

272 days ago
49.

JustTheFactsMaam    

So, for all the "They're gonna lose" or "They're doing it for publicity "experts", Dan Duckhorn has a long history of protecting his brand. In 1999, they persuaded Don Sebastiani - big California wine name - to change Smoking Duck to Smoking Loon and to change the label. In 2003, they had a settlement with Duck Walk in NY that included clearly IDing that they were not CA. Duckhorn is now suing Duck Walk for breach. http://goo.gl/vKVoPO

272 days ago
50.

PT    

WalMart knows how to make knock off brands and get away with it.

272 days ago
51.

imv    

There is not even a slight similarity between the two wine labels. Ridiculous!

272 days ago
52.

BIG AL    

That is all lies, see the Google search I just did!

Web Results

Duckhorn Vineyards: Napa Valley Premier Wines and Vineyards

www.duckhorn.com/ - Similar to Duckhorn Vineyards: Napa Valley Premier Wines and Vineyards

Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting distinctive Bordeaux wine varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc for over 30 years. Visit our ...

Visit - Wine Tasting Experiences - Contact Us - Napa Valley Bordeaux Wines


Duck Commander Wines by Trinchero Family Estates

tfewines.com/our-wines/duck-commander.php

Duck Commander - Robertson Family Wines. The Robertson's, of TV's DUCK DYNASTY®

272 days ago
53.

chuckbrons    

Decades ago, we thought we were being "Hoity-toity" with a ten buck bottle of "Sparkly Cold Duck"

272 days ago
54.

Rickirs    

Confused, like after a couple of bottles of wine?

272 days ago
55.

Deborah    

" the company claims when you search online for duck and wine, all you see is Duck Commander. "

They didn't search very hard then, because a town near me has a winery called "Duck Pond Cellars"

272 days ago
56.

Gold    

Hope Duckhorn loses. No one has the exclusive rights to own the word "duck"......

272 days ago
57.

Margie Becker    

THEY ARE ONLY DOING THIS SO now PEOPLE WILL HAVE HEARD OF THEM , REALLY WHO HEARD OF DUCKHORN WINE,,, THEY JUST JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON,SO I GUESS IT IS SMART, NOW FOLKS HAVE HEARD OF THEM

272 days ago
58.

TOM HOLLEMAN    

IS PHIL BI???

272 days ago
59.

Nobody Special    

Phil, Willy and Duck Commander Wine will blow the doors off that 100.00 bottle stuff.

It sounds like this Other Duck Wine is so expensive nobody wants to pay 100.00 for a single bottle. This other Duck Wine Guy is looking for some free advertising. He will lose, Duck Commander has every right to sell the wine with thier label.

I looked at a wine list buying guide and it says Duckhorn wine is not recommended.

Now the backlash will hurt this guy more than he ever thought. Now we will all know not to buy his brand.

America is all about competition, ten bottles of Duck Commander vs. 1 bottle of 100.00 Bill Wine.

272 days ago
60.

uncleanatol    

Anyone who cant' tell the difference has a real problem. The word "duck" is not and cannot be copyrighted, Duckhorn is one word and Duck Commander two words, and there is not even the slightest resemblance between either the bottle shape or the label. It seems that everyone is sue-happy these days , clogging our courts with frivolous lawsuits such as this one.

272 days ago
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