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Do you think Badia Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning looks familiar? McCormick sure does

Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning was rolled out at the 2015 South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning was rolled out at the 2015 South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

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.

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