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Primo Broodstock Versus American Penaeid

Court Allows American Penaeid to Continue Selling Broodstock


In January 2017, Primo Broodstock, Inc., (Primo) filed a lawsuit against American Penaeid, Inc., (API), a subsidiary of American Mariculture, Inc., an intensive shrimp farm in Florida.


As part of the suit, Primo asked for a preliminary injunction that would prohibit API from creating, using, marketing or distributing its breeder shrimp and to prevent API from using the name Primo in its sales and marketing.


On April 28, 2017, USA Federal District Judge John E. Steele granted in part and denied in part Primo’s request.


Judge Steele agreed that API should not be using the name “Primo” when selling and marketing shrimp.  However, he ruled that API is allowed to state that its breeder shrimp are in part derived from Primo’s stock.
              American Mariculture and American Penaeid


On all other counts, in a thorough 42-page ruling, Judge Steele sided with API and denied Primo its request to prevent API from breeding, marketing and selling its broodstock.


Click here for the full transcript of judge Steele’s ruling.


Information: Robin Pearl, American Penaeid, Inc., 9703 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, Florida 33956, USA (Phone 239-260-4720, Fax 800-211-9404, Email, Webpage


Sources: 1. American Penaeid, Inc.’s, Webpage. API Statement On Lawsuit.  Website Visit on May 2, 2017.  2. Law 360.  Fla. Judge Won’t Bar Sales of Primo Shrimp in Contract Row.  Carolina Bolado.  April 28, 2017.  3. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, May 3, 2017.