Eagles drummer-vocalist Don Henley agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit against a clothing retailer that used his name in an ad campaign for its Henley men’s pullover, court papers obtained Wednesday show.
Henley sued Duluth Trading Co. last year in Los Angeles, alleging federal copyright violations over an email ad that read, “Don a Henley and Take it easy,” a play on the Eagles’ first hit single, “Take it Easy.”
The case was settled Tuesday, and the Wisconsin company issued an apology on its website.
“We pushed the advertising envelope too far,” the company said. “We are deeply regretful and we apologize, not just to Mr. Henley, but to anyone else who took offense.”
Duluth also said it had made a monetary donation to the Walden Woods Project, a nonprofit organization the singer founded 25 years ago to preserve the legacy of Henry David Thoreau and the forest around Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
— City News Service
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