This could be big.
In a bizarre and hilarious turn of events, all-star rockers the Eagles have filed a lawsuit against the owners of a hotel in Mexico called — wait for it — the Hotel California.
The 11-room hotel in Todos Santos allegedly has been “actively encourag(ing) consumers to believe that the hotel in Todos Santos is associated with the Eagles to further (its) sales,” according to accusations made by the band and reported by The Washington Post.
The Post reports that the band filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for an immediate halt to the hotel’s infringement on its merchandising rights.
Hotel management isn’t helping the case by playing the Eagles song “Hotel California” constantly and selling merchandise “including T-shirts, posters, sweatshirts, bathrobes, key chains, playing cards, mugs, guitar picks and refrigerator magnets” with the band’s name on it, according to The Washington Post.
Reviews on Yelp seem to support the Eagles’ claim: At least one of the reviewers claims to have gone there just because of the name and its association with the band’s hit song.
“The famous song by the Eagles lured us here to the town of Todos Santos,” user Nadine C. wrote.
The hotel owners, Debbie and John Stewart, could be in serious trouble. According to Reuters, the hotel was called Hotel California when it opened in 1950, but it underwent a series of name changes before the Canadian couple purchased it in 2001 and began using the original name, the Eagles say.
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