Why did Starbucks file litigation against Workers United?  

In early October, statements about the conflict in the Middle East were posted on social media using our company logo and name. As a result, these statements were mistakenly attributed to Starbucks instead of Workers United and its affiliates or representatives.

This caused confusion, resulting in threats to our partners, damage to our stores, and calls for boycott.    

To address this, Starbucks took legal action to prevent the misuse of our name and logos, in an effort to better protect the safety of our partners and retail operations. 

Starbucks respects everyone’s right to express their viewpoints about the conflict in the Middle East and other political and social issues. However, it is important to distinguish that we cannot permit the misuse of our name and logos, especially when it leads to confusion about who we are and what we stand for.

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Read the full legal filing: Starbucks Corporation v. Workers United

Starbucks condemns acts of terror and escalating violence, strongly disagrees with statements made by Workers United