Such A Lovely Place

On May 1, 2017, the Eagles filed a lawsuit (Eagles Ltd v Hotel California Baja LLC et al, filed in the Central District of California, Case No. 17-03276) against a hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico for trademark infringement based on its use of HOTEL CALIFORNIA.  The Eagles claim that the owners of the 11-room Hotel California infringe their trademark through selling HOTEL CALIFORNIA-branded merchandise and encouraging customers to believe the hotel is falsely associated with the band to further its sales.  Interestingly, the song was released in 1976 and Hotel California opened in 1950, although the hotel underwent several name changes since then. The Eagles also opposed the hotel’s application to register the trademark HOTEL CALIFORNIA for a host of goods, including eyewear, jewelry, bags, and clothing, based on the Eagles’ “common law” (unregistered) rights to the HOTEL CALIFORNIA trademark.