Why did Starbucks file litigation against Workers United?  

Starbucks took legal action to protect the safety of our partners and retail operations and to end misuse by Workers United of Starbucks name and logos when expressing its views.    

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

The inaccurate attribution of these statements to Starbucks has created confusion, leading to threats to our partners, damage to our stores, and calls for boycott.    

To be clear, Starbucks respects others’ right to express their own viewpoints about the conflict in the Middle East and other political and social issues. However, Starbucks does not approve of the misuse of Starbucks name and logos when expressing those views.    

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Read the full legal filing here (Starbucks Corporation v. Workers United)