Written by: Leonard Parker | Houston Business News | 06th October
Oct. 6, 2021
Yeti is going after Igloo once again.File photo
Two of Texas' biggest cooler and insulated cup makers are battling it out in court over claims that one copied the company's cup designs.
Austin-based Yeti filed a suit on October 1 in U.S. District Court in Houston that claims Igloo's stainless-steel bottles, stainless steel tumblers, mugs, and CoolMate infringe on Yeti's patent and profited from them, the Houston Chronicle reports.
This is the second lawsuit Yeti has filed against the company this year. In the current lawsuit, Yeti also claims unfair competition, misappropriation, and unjust enrichment.
Yeti also sued Rtic in 2017 and reached a settlement that forced Rtic to redesign its tumblers and coolers.
Yeti, a publicly traded company, has a 55 percent hold over the cooler market and does what it can to maintain its hold over the $370 million market, an analyst with market research firm NDP told the Chronicle.
A Swedish company called Dometic is on track to buy Igloo in a $677 million deal. Neither company commented on the new lawsuit.