Friday, June 04, 2021
In February 2021, Pasadena burger stand Lucky Boy sued third-party delivery app Postmates for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Known for its epic breakfast burritos, the walk-up eatery on Arroyo Parkway claimed that the Uber-owned delivery app penalized it for refusing to allow the company to deliver Lucky Boy's food to customers, according to Pasadena Now. The suit alleged that Postmates used Lucky Boy's name without authorization and intentionally posted a menu bearing incorrect information for the diner, including lower prices. Lucky Boy also alleged that because it refused to be associated with the app, Postmates retaliated by offering "alternatives with similar food when Lucky Boy is searched for," diverting business away from Lucky Boy.
I stopped using delivery apps years ago when a favorite pizza joint showed up as "Closed" on the Grubhub website. I called them. They weren't closed. They just stopped using Grubhub.
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