Build-A-Bear and Warren Buffett's 'Squishmallows' maker square off in court

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A stuffed animal conflict is on, and it's playing retired in nan courtroom.

Squishmallow shaper Jazwares, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, sued rival Build-A-Bear connected Monday for allegedly ripping disconnected its designs. Build-A-Bear fired backmost pinch a suit of its ain nan aforesaid day.

In its title revenge successful Los Angeles national court, Jazwares accused Build-A-Bear of infringing connected its intelligence spot authorities pinch its caller Skoosherz statement of toys, saying nan institution "blatantly and intentionally" undermined its goodwill and created important disorder among consumers by copying Squishmallows' look and feel.

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Jazwares, which Berkshire has owned since purchasing its genitor company, Alleghany successful October 2022, is seeking an bid for Build-A-Bear to extremity making Skoosherz and to salary them 3 times nan unspecified damages.

Build-A-Bear said successful its suit successful St. Louis national tribunal that Squishmallows deficiency a accordant look and feel, and Skoosherz are simply nan astir caller type of "soft, pillow-like squishie-type" toys that person been trending for years.

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Build-A-Bear wants a tribunal declaration that it did not infringe Jazwares' "trade dress" authorities successful Squishmallows, and that immoderate specified authorities are unenforceable.

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Neither Build-A-Bear nor its lawyers instantly responded to requests for further comment.

Reuters contributed to this report.