Hershey Entertainment, Radisson settle trademark disputeJim T. Ryan
Dauphin County-based Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co. and Minnesota-based Radisson Hotels International Inc. have settled a trademark suit over use of the word "Hershey" in the name of a Cumberland County hotel.
Hershey Entertainment in June sued Radisson and Penn Lodge Partners, the local ownership group of the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in East Pennsboro Township, alleging trademark infringement for use of Hershey in the hotel's name. The hotel formerly was the Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center but changed its name to Hotel Harrisburg Hershey in late 2010.
Judge Sylvia H. Rambo of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday dismissed the case after attorneys reported the matter had been settled, according to court documents.
As part of the settlement, Penn Lodge must stop using the Hershey trademark or any form that would be confused with the same in connection to the hotel, said Garrett Gallia, an attorney and associate vice president of communications and corporate relations with Hershey Entertainment.
Attorneys for the companies had been negotiating a settlement since September, according to court documents.
The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Radisson brand is owned by Carlson, a Minnesota hotel, travel and restaurant group. Its other brands include Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn and T.G.I. Friday's.
Editor's note: This item was modified from its previous version to add comment from Hershey.