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Band Drops Suit Against Eagle Group

June 11, 2001

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Eagles musical group has 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 Monday but the band’s lawyer Carla Christofferson requested the trial be called off.

``Our witnesses are not available,″ she said, referring to band leader 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.

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