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Bird settles French Lick lawsuit

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Larry Bird has settled a lawsuit against a bed-and-breakfast that operates from his boyhood home in the southern Indiana town of French Lick.

Attorneys for the basketball icon and Legend of French Lick LLC would not discuss the settlement, saying the parties had signed a confidentiality agreement.

The Web site of Legend of French Lick Resort carries a disclaimer saying the resort is "not affiliated with, or endorsed or sponsored by Larry Bird or the Larry Joe Bird Revocable Living Trust." It was not immediately clear whether the disclaimer was used prior to the settlement, which was closed yesterday.

The suit was filed May 2 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division.

Bird, president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers and a former NBA star, has registered his name as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bird sold the house to Georgianna Lincoln and Christopher Cooke in the summer of 2007. Then, the suit claimed, the couple marketed the site as Legend of French Lick, the Former Home of Larry Bird Resort.

Ice Miller in Indianapolis represented Bird. McNeely Stephenson Thopy & Harrold in Shelbyville represented Lincoln and Cooke.

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