Legal Sea Foods sues DoorDash for unauthorized deliveries

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Legal Sea Foods has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the DoorDash third-party delivery service for delivering takeout from the chain without its permission, the Boston Business Journal reported today.

The complaint notes that DoorDash had reset the prices of some Legal Sea Foods selections. It also alleges that DoorDash had used the upscale seafood brand’s logo without authorization, a move that could mislead consumers into assuming an affiliation between the two companies.

DoorDash told the Journal that it has stopped delivering food from Legal and no longer included the chain’s specialties among the items that are available for delivery.

The suit marks at least the second time a restaurant chain has sued DoorDash for delivering food without permission. Last fall, In-N-Out Burger filed a suit for the unauthorized resale of its food by the startup. 

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