Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Tire Takes Aim at Wal-Mart in Latest Christmas Light Troubles

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Tire Takes Aim at Wal-Mart in Latest Christmas Light Troubles

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2015 a grim year for Christmas lights in Canada

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TORONTO - Canadian Tire is accusing Wal-Mart of ripping off the design of its made-in-Canada clip-on Christmas lights and is demanding that the mega-retailer cease and desist -- the latest bit of bad news for people looking for electrical holiday finery.

A Federal Court claim filed by Canadian Tire alleges that Wal-Mart worked with two Taiwanese companies to copy the construction and packaging of its Noma Quick-Clip lights.

It wants Wal-Mart to stop selling the "unique" product due to copyright infringement, and is seeking $500,000 in punitive damages. Wal-Mart has yet to file a statement of defence.

Earlier this week, Canadian Tire issued an unrelated safety warning to customers who purchased Christmas lights from its "Holiday Collection" line. …

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