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SportsLine USA Settles Trademark Lawsuit

SportsLine USA Inc., publisher of the CBS SportsLine Web site has settled a trademark lawsuit with weather and sports information provider Weatherline Inc.

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.

"We are confident we would have prevailed on the merits of the lawsuit. But there is always uncertainty involved in litigation and we are happy to put this issue behind us and focus our resources on continuing to build our brand," Levy said.

SportsLine expects insurance payments will offset a portion of the settlement costs.