SportsLine USA Settles Trademark Lawsuit
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Weatherline, a provider of on-demand weather and sports, sued CBS SportsLine in 1997, challenging its right to use the name on its sports Web site. Weatherline was granted the rights to the SportsLine mark in the 1970s for its telephone-based sports information service.
The agreement announced Friday, gives CBS SportsLine the right to continue using the name in return for a payment of about $1.1 million to Weatherline. CBS SportsLine said it will record a one-time charge in its third-quarter to pay for the settlement.
Michael Levy, president and chief executive officer of SportsLine USA, reaffirmed his company's position that Weatherline's trademark did not extend to the Internet. However, he said a settlement was in both companies' best interest.
SportsLine expects insurance payments will offset a portion of the settlement costs.