Bird settles French Lick lawsuit

October 8, 2008

Larry Bird has settled a lawsuit against a bed-and-breakfast that operates from his boyhood home in the southern Indiana town of French Lick.

Attorneys for the basketball icon and Legend of French Lick LLC would not discuss the settlement, saying the parties had signed a confidentiality agreement.

The Web site of Legend of French Lick Resort carries a disclaimer saying the resort is "not affiliated with, or endorsed or sponsored by Larry Bird or the Larry Joe Bird Revocable Living Trust." It was not immediately clear whether the disclaimer was used prior to the settlement, which was closed yesterday.

The suit was filed May 2 in the New Albany division of U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Bird, president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers and a former NBA star, has registered his name as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bird sold the house to Georgianna Lincoln and Christopher Cooke in the summer of 2007. Then, the suit claimed, the couple marketed the site as
Legend of French Lick, the Former Home of Larry Bird Resort.

Bird was represented by Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. Lincoln and Cooke were represented by McNeely Stephenson Thopy & Harrold in Shelbyville.

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