Spyderco Files Second Lawsuit Against Kittery Trading Post Owner

Spyderco isn’t backing off its legal offensive against counterfeit knives. On August 16th, the company filed a second suit against Kittery Trading Post owner Kevin Inc. for allegedly peddling fake Spyderco knives at its Kittery, Maine retail outlet. Spyderco lawyers will battle Kevin Inc. on its home turf of Maine after a Colorado judge dismissed the first lawsuit against the retailer.

The initial suit, originally filed in Spyderco’s native state of Colorado in December 2016, was dismissed on the grounds of Lack of Personal Jurisdiction and Improper Venue. In her July ruling, Judge Christine M. Arguello wrote, “even after resolving all factual disputes in favor of Plaintiff, this Court cannot conclude that Defendant ‘expressly aimed’ its actions at Colorado.”

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Spyderco alleges that Kevin Inc. knowingly sold counterfeits of two of its most popular models, the Paramilitary 2 and Military at its outdoor store. The new lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maine, bears a close resemblance to the initial Colorado suit. But two Colorado-specific charges – the violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and Misappropriation of Business Value – are no longer at issue.

The Kevin Inc. lawsuit is one of two that Golden, Colorado-based Spyderco is actively pursuing. At the end of July, the company took eCommerce giant eBay to task for the sale of fake Spyderco knives on its website.

Knife featured in image: Spyderco Paramilitary 2