Girl Scouts and Bankrupt Boy Scouts Settle Trademark Dispute

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By Becky Yerak

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The Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA have settled a trademark dispute.

The bankrupt Boy Scouts said the proposed settlement includes the Girl Scouts dropping its appeal, withdrawing its opposition to the Boy Scouts proposed reorganization, and dropping its roughly $11 million claim in the bankruptcy.

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The Boy Scouts will withdraw a motion in the district court case that roughly $16 million of its legal fees and expenses be covered.

Settlement terms also include the Boy Scouts not using “girls” before “scouts,” and not doing cookie fundraisers. The Girl Scouts can’t do any fundraising involving popcorn.

A federal judge had in April ruled that the Boy Scouts didn’t infringe on Girl Scouts trademarks, saying the girls-only group failed to show any confusion from the Boy Scouts’ efforts to recruit girls into coed programming. The Girl Scouts had appealed the ruling.

Write to Becky Yerak at [email protected]

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