A federal trademark court on Thursday dismissed Miami-based Bacardi U.S.A.'s long-running claim to the Havana Club rum label in a decision that also absolved Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of accusations that he improperly sought to influence the head of the U.S. trademark office to resolve the case in Bacardi's favor. For Bacardi, the ruling means the U.S. rights to the Havana Club label will remain with a Cuban corporation, CubaExport.
Bacardi Loses, Jeb Bush Absolved in Trademark Fight
Daily Business Review
February 3, 2004