Diageo, Explorers Club Settle Suit Over Johnnie Walker Line

By Bill Donahue (September 22, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Liquor giant Diageo PLC and New York City's famed Explorers Club have settled a legal dispute over use of the club's name on a special line of the distiller's Johnnie Walker whiskey, the parties announced Friday.

Diageo found itself in hot water earlier this year when the storied club, which boasts Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong as former members, claimed "Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection" infringed its trademark and breached a New York state law barring the unauthorized use of the name of a "benevolent, humane or charitable organization."

A state judge last month permanently barred Diageo from using...

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