Trader Joe’s settles cookie lawsuit with Norwalk-based Pepperidge Farm

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Packages of Milano cookies move along a conveyor belt at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Pepperidge Farm Inc. provides fresh bakery products, cookies, crackers, and frozen foods. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images

HARTFORD — A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe’s settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.

Norwalk, Connecticut-based Pepperidge Farm sued in federal court in Hartford in December, saying Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies filled with Belgian chocolate too closely resembled Pepperidge Farm’s Milano brand.

Ira Levy, a New York lawyer representing Pepperidge Farm, said on Wednesday that the two companies reached a “mutually satisfactory resolution” and agreed to make no further comments about the dispute. A judge dismissed the case on March 9 after Pepperidge Farm filed notice that it was withdrawing the lawsuit.

A representative for Monrovia, California-based Trader Joe’s didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.

The lawsuit sought undisclosed damages and to block future sales of the Trader Joe’s chocolate-filled cookies.