The Eagles sue owners of Mexican Hotel California
LOS ANGELES: The Eagles have filed a suit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name Hotel California, arguably the band’s most famous song, without permission.
In a complaint filed on Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur “actively encourage” guests to believe the hotel was associated with the band to sell T-shirts and other merchandise, and make guests feel welcome.
This allegedly included piping “Hotel California” and other Eagles songs through the hotel sound system, and selling T-shirts in that refer to the hotel as ‘legendary’, resulting in apparent confusion among many guests who posted online reviews. The Eagles also noted that the defendant Hotel California Baja LLC has applied with the United States . Patent and Trademark Office to register the Hotel California name.
“Defendants lead US consumers to believe the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in ‘Hotel California’, which is false,” the complaint said.
The suit seeks a variety of damages and a halt to any infringement.
Neither the hotel nor the lawyer who filed its trademark application immediately responded on Tuesday to requests for comment.
The Todos Santos hotel was named Hotel California when it opened in 1950.
The Eagles and the Hotel California in Baja California Sur.