Bunny business settled by court

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli has lost a court battle to protect its gold foil-wrapped Easter bunnies from imitation by a German rival.

Lindt, set up in Zurich in 1840s, has been fighting German chocolatier Confiserie Riegelein since 2000 to try to stop it producing similar bunnies. But Germany’s Federal Court of Justice yesterday rejected a final appeal by Lindt & Spruengli.

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“We are very glad this case has found a happy ending,” Peter Riegelein, head of the German business, said. “The gold-wrapped bunny has been a part of our offering for at least a half century.”