LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — AEG Live has reportedly retained its right to use the “Concerts West” service mark, following an appeal stemming from a 2003 lawsuit by the children of late concert promoter Tom Hulett.
Tina and Donald Hulett contended that they were the lawful owners of the Concerts West name, after inheriting their father’s interests after his death. Hulett had originally used the name for his business, but a 2004 court case determined that the name was abandoned in 1994, according to documents from AEG Live’s legal representatives, Luce Forward.
AEG Live had purchased the name in 2001 from Concerts West, Ltd., a promotion company formed by John Meglen and Paul Gongaware in 1998.
The court also ordered Donald Hulett to pay approximately $130,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the case.
“Concerts West was abandoned by the Plaintiffs' parents, and the Plaintiffs made no use of the mark during the period following their parents' deaths,” U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess wrote in his summary. “Now Tina and Don claim that something has been taken from them, and that they are entitled to compensation. The court disagrees.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers