Eagles Drop Suit Against Eagle Group

Veteran rock act the Eagles have dropped a trademark infringement lawsuit over the telephone number and Web site address of a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the once-endangered birds.

Veteran rock act the Eagles have dropped a trademark infringement lawsuit over the telephone number and Web site address of a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the once-endangered birds.

The 3-year-old case was to be heard today (June 11) in Knoxville, Tenn., but the band's lawyer, Carla Christofferson, requested the trial be called off. "Our witnesses are not available," she said, referring to bandleader Don Henley and manager Irving Azoff, who are touring with the Eagles in Europe.

Eagles Ltd. and Eagles Recording Co., two Los Angeles-based companies formed by the band, brought the lawsuit in 1998 claiming the foundation infringed on its name and image in selling music recordings and videos on the American Eagle record label. The Eagles also objected to the foundation's Internet address "www.eagles.org" and its telephone number 1-800-2-EAGLES.

"It is good to have it over. We knew we were in the right," said Al Cecere, president of American Eagle Foundation, formerly the National Foundation to Protect America's Eagles.

Last May, the Eagles sued a Dallas restaurant called the Hotel California Grill for a trademark violation pertaining to the group's 1976 hit song and album "Hotel California."


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