CNY restaurant fights back against Grubhub’s unauthorized deliveries: They’re illegal, owners charge

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Watertown, NY — A family-owned Italian restaurant is taking on Grubhub in Upstate’s federal court over the food-delivery giant’s controversial practice of adding restaurants to its online platform without their knowledge or consent.

It’s a dirty secret within Grubhub’s business strategy: if a restaurant declines an official business partnership, then Grubhub simply adds the restaurant’s menu to its portfolio and sends delivery workers to pick up food like members of the general public.

But many of the estimated 150,000 restaurants listed on Grubhub without their consent say that’s basically stealing. And now, Pete’s Trattoria in Watertown has put a legal name to that claim: trademark infringement.

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