Sazerac Co. and the Kentucky Distillers' Association announced recently that their ongoing legal battle over the "Kentucky Bourbon Trail" phrase ended in a settlement.
Six weeks before the case was set to appear in front of the U.S. District Court in Louisville, the two companies were able to reach a confidential agreement.
The original lawsuit came from the distillers' association, which sued Sazerac, a New Orleans-based company, in May 2010. The association accused Sazerac of violating trademarks on the phrase "Kentucky Bourbon Trail" and using a trademarked logo and other phrases and designs to promote two Kentucky distilleries.
"Sazerac's three Kentucky distilleries, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Barton 1792 Distillery and The Glenmore Distillery look forward to continue developing their distillery tours along the bourbon trail," said Meredith Moody, marketing service director for Sazerac.
Sazerac applied for trademark and copyright licenses for the phrases "Buffalo Trace Distillery on the Bourbon Trail" and "Tom Moore Distillery on the Bourbon Trail" in the summer of 2009, which caused the dispute.
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