The American soft rock band filed a suit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name of its hit song, ''Hotel California.'' Lisa Bernhard reports.
American soft rock band The Eagles suing a hotel over the name of what's arguably the group's most famous song. The lawsuit accusing the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico, of trademark infringement and trying to capitalize on the band's Grammy-winning 1976 album and its six and half minute title track - known for its extended guitar solos and cryptic lyrics. The Eagles - whose members include Don Henley and Joe Walsh - arguing in the suit the hotel is falsely marketing itself as connected to the band through gift shop items and piped-in Eagles music. They're seeking all related profits, plus damages and relief - and, of course, for the hotel to drop the name. The small establishment did open under the name Hotel California in 1950, but went through several name changes until its current owners reverted back to it in 2001. Ironically, the hotel on the band's album cover is actually the Beverly Hills Hotel - Rolling Stone magazine reporting the famous spot threatened to sue the band at the time, until the group's lawyer pointed out the hotel's bookings had tripled after the album's release.