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Panda Express fast-food chain sues Arizona restaurant over imitation

The parent company of fast-food chain Panda Express is suing Gilbert, Arizona, restaurant Panda Libre after a months-long dispute over the name and logo of the East Valley business.

In a complaint filed on Feb. 19, Panda Restaurant Group alleges Panda Libre is trying to “pass off and confuse the public” into believing Panda Libre’s services are affiliated with Panda Restaurant Group.

Panda Libre owner Paul Fan expressed his dismay on Facebook and in Instagram posts.

“We are gonna hold on as long as we can, but this news is not good and has put a heavy burden on my family and myself,” Fan wrote. “I can not tell you the amount of stress which this has caused us.”

The Arizona Republic reached out to the attorneys at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm, who represent Panda Restaurant Group: Pamela M. Overton, Masahiro Noda and Daniel I. Schloss. Overton said they are not authorized to comment on the case.

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