Melaleuca claims pesticide giant infringes on its eco-friendly trademark

by louabbott on April 23, 2009

Idaho Business Review – Published April 23, 2009

Melaleuca Inc., the Idaho Falls-based wellness products company, filed a federal lawsuit on April 14 that claims lawn and garden products giant The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. violated its EcoSense trademark to sell caustic, insect-killing products.

The lawsuit says Melaleuca, which employed more than 3,400 and posted $887 million in worldwide sales in 2008, has been marketing products like household cleaners, laundry detergents and furniture polish under the EcoSense mark as “ecologically sensible,” “safer for the environment” and “safer for your home” since 1999.

The company says it recently discovered that The Scotts Co. LLC of Marysville, Ohio, a Scotts subsidiary, has been using the EcoSense mark for its own line of goods – with similar containers, including the same grips and from the same manufacturer as Melaleuca’s products. The Scotts line includes an indoor insect killer, an insecticidal soap, an outdoor insect killer, a slug and snail killer, a fire ant bait granule, a garden disease control product and a 3-in-1 rose and flower care product.

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Bill Toebes December 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Thanks for all this information.I had a good reason not to join Mellaluca.If they behave this churlish they can keep there product not matter how good they are.They will lose because people will not put up with this crap in a free society.

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