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Yosemite lawsuit and name change - outrageous!!

Original post made by Registered Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2016

A company named Delaware North runs the concessions in Yosemite Valley, and they have done a pretty good job over the past 10 years or so. The National Park Service regularly puts the contract out to bid, and this year, Delaware North lost.

Now Delaware North is claiming that the names of the lodging areas within Yosemite Valley - the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village - belong to it, not the NPS. The names have been in place since the park was founded over 100 years ago. Delaware North is suing for $51 million, claiming they own the rights to these names and other intellectual property within the park.

The NPS is renaming the Ahwahnee and Curry Village to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Half Dome Village.

To make things even worse, Delaware North claims that it owns the name "Yosemite." Although the NPS isn't changing that.

I'm always a big fan of saying "vote with your dollars." As much as I love Yosemite, I'll never spend another nickel as long as Delaware North runs the place. Which shouldn't be for too much longer.

Comments (6)

Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

I agree that it's absurd but as I understand it the NPS/Feds forced Delaware to purchase all trademarks etc from the previous vendor twenty five years ago. It appears that they own the names. They just want to get paid as much as they can for their investment. Right or not they are playing a pretty strong hand.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm

In the early 70s this company, then named Emprise, was found guilty of racketeering in their dealings with a Las Vegas gambling casino/hotel. They were also found guilty of dealings they had with the Mob. After this fiasco the name was changed to Delaware North. What a bunch of scumbags.

Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2016 at 12:33 pm

But wait, there's more...

Delaware North also has a trademark application in for "Space Shuttle Atlantis." They run the concessions at the Kennedy Space Center.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

As much as this company is a public pariah, you have to wonder what the National Park Service and Department of Interior were thinking when they gave away rights to iconic Yosemite Park names. What kind of stupid people run these agencies? Probably cut from the same cloth as James Watt, Secretary of the Interior to Reagan when he famously said the Beach Boys music was un-American. He ended up resigning as should the people involved with this fiasco.

Posted by J. Nutter
a resident of another community
on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm

I think you are confusing victim and offender here. Delaware North was required to buy the intellectual property associated with Yosemite concessions under the terms of its 1993 contract with the park service. Those trademarks were owned by the Yosemite Park & Curry Company. They were never owned by the government. The same contract required that any successor would have to repurchase this intellectual property if Delaware North lost control of the concessions. Delaware North just wants the government to live up to its agreement.

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on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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