Pirate Joe's: Food Chain Fights Bootlegger Smuggling Products Across Border

Trader Joe's food stores enters turf war with smuggler selling products for big profit.
1:33 | 08/17/13

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that battle between trader joe's and to that customer buying goods and selling them across the border. Trader joe's not happy tonight. Here's abc's reena ninan. Reporter: Michael hallatt said his fellow canadians love trader joe's products. Only way you can get a good cracker is trader joe's. Reporter: He drives 80 miles across the border to washington state, he says spending $20,000 on trader joe's products and turning around and reselling them at pirate joe's. The real trader joe's is now suing to stop him, a result of trademark infringement, false endorsements and other allegations. There are more than 390 trader joe's across america. In more than 30 states. 14 stores in washington alone. While hallatt said that he only makes $2 on each testimony he now has to go further to get the products. I tried the l.A. Run and that didn't go very well. We lost a bunch of chocolate. Reporter: The store's sign has lost its "p" which reads i irate joe's. Which hallatt sums up his own frustrations. If they said they were hoping a store this year or next year here, I would close the store. Reporter: Trader joe's isn't commenting.

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