Spice is nice, but a new federal case involving a Miami company is taking seafood seasoning from crabs to courtroom.
McCormick & Co., the Maryland-based maker of Old Bay Seasoning, filed a federal trademark-infringement lawsuit against Miami-based Badia Spices on June 10.
The suit, as first reported by the Daily Record, alleges that Badia’s Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning bears a too-similar resemblance in label and name to spice giant McCormick’s longstanding Old Bay brand.
An exhibit in the lawsuit is a Miami Herald web story from February 2015, when Badia debuted the Biscayne Bay spice blend at that year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. A trial date has not been set.