Eagles Settle Lawsuit Against Canadian-Owned Hotel California
The Eagles have settled a lawsuit filed last year to stop a Canadian-owned Mexican hotel from calling itself Hotel California.
The band filed suit against Hotel California Baja LLC last year, accusing it of trying to capitalize on its most popular song.
A joint dismissal of the lawsuit came Wednesday after the hotel owner withdrew an application to trademark the name Hotel California in the U.S., Reuters reports. The hotel promised to permanently abandon the trademark application.
“This case has been settled by mutual agreement of the parties," said a lawyer for the Eagles.
The band had alleged that the hotel was attempting to mislead customers into thinking the Eagles had approved of the use of the song and album title.
The hotel frequently played Eagles music on the premises and sold merchandise branded "Hotel California," the band alleged.
The hotel, which is located about 1,000 miles south of San Diego, denied wrongdoing, saying it was unlikely fans would be confused.
It was reportedly called Hotel California originally when it opened in 1950 and had changed names several times over the years. In 2001, Canadians John and Debbie Stewart bought the hotel and restored the original name.
The Hotel California album came out in 1976 and was one of the longest songs ever played as a single on FM radio at the time.
Original article by Andrew Magnotta at iHeartRadio