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Eagles file trademark suit against Mexican Hotel California

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/4/2017
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, members of the Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles pose with an autographed guitar after a news conference at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The band sued the owners a Mexican hotel on May 1, 2017, claiming it’s capitalizing off the band’s hit, “Hotel California,” even though it has nothing to do with the song. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, members of the Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles pose with an autographed guitar after a news conference at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The band sued the owners a Mexican hotel on May 1, 2017, claiming it’s capitalizing off the band’s hit, “Hotel California,” even though it has nothing to do with the song. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Eagles are suing the owners of a Mexican hotel named Hotel California, claiming it's capitalizing off the band's hit song of the same name.

The band filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit Monday against the U.S.-based owners of Hotel California in Todos Santos, a town on the Pacific Coast near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Sur.

The Eagles say Hotel California has wrongly led guests to believe it's associated with the Eagles and served as the inspiration for their song "Hotel California," which the band says isn't true.

The hotel website says that the owners don't promote any association with the band but that visitors are mesmerized by the "coincidences" between the hotel and the song.

The hotel didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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This story has been corrected to show that the name of the Mexican town is Todos Santos, not Todo Santos.

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