Aldi responds to M&S lawsuit over Christmas gin

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Papers filed at the High Court by M&S on December 3 allege that since around early November, Aldi has been selling gold-flake gin liqueurs
// Aldi responds to M&S’s lawsuit over its Christmas gin design
// M&S launched a legal claim against Aldi for releasing an identical bell-shaped bottle
// The retailer is now seeking a High Court injunction restraining Aldi from further alleged infringement

Aldi has responded to Marks & Spencer after it was taken to court for allegedly copying its ‘Light Up’ Christmas gin.

M&S launched a legal claim against Aldi for releasing an identical bell-shaped bottle that is illuminated from below, with gold flakes in the liquid.

The retailer is now seeking a High Court injunction restraining Aldi from further alleged infringement of its protected designs.


READ MORE: M&S sues Aldi over “strikingly similar” Christmas gin design


Aldi took a more light-hearted approach to the legal trouble by tweeting to M&S.

It said: “Nothing like getting taken to court to give you that tingly Christmas feeling #FreeCuthbert#Round2”.

The legal case comes seven months after M&S accused Aldi of copying its iconic Colin the Caterpillar cake.

The tweets continued with Aldi writing: “We Colin our lawyers #Round2#FreeCuthbert” following up by saying: “We’re… GINNOCENT”.

Papers filed at the High Court by M&S on December 3 allege that since around early November, Aldi has been selling gold-flake gin liqueurs branded “The Infusionist” in different flavours with bottle designs that are copies of M&S’s Light-Up Gin.

The M&S gin costs £6 more than the Aldi version.

Aldi’s liqueurs “constitute designs which do not produce on the informed user a different overall impression to the M&S designs,” the documents said.

Aldi has already rejected requests to stop selling the products.

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