Penny Stafford, the Bellevue coffee shop owner suing Starbucks for alleged antitrust violations, has decided to go after the coffee giant alone, dropping her federal court bid for class-action status. Stafford, owner of Belvi Coffee and Tea Exchange, contends Starbucks monopolizes the coffee industry here in part by negotiating exclusive deals with landlords - preventing competitors from leasing in the same building. Court filings show the two sides have jousted over Starbucks' requests to extensively depose Stafford for two separate 7-hour periods; Stafford also complained Starbucks was slow in providing requested documents that could have enabled her class-action status and brought other plaintiffs into the suit. Now its just Her v. Them, lotsa luck.
In other real-and-threatened-Starbucks-lawsuit news (and there's always a lot of it), the DoubleShot Coffee Co. of Tulsa is still going by that name even though Starbucks last year ordered the company to cease and desist, claiming trademark name infringement of its Doubleshot drink. The Oklahoma owner is one of many alleged Starbuck name infringers - Charbucks won its case and HaidaBucks just wouldn't go quietly while others stumbled, including Star Bock beer and an Oregon java shop named after its owner, Sam Buck. Who's next, Junior Coffey?