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Oregon country music festival founders settle suit
  Monday June 6, 2011 - 2:41 PM
 
The founders of a popular Oregon country music festival in Brownsville have tentatively settled a lawsuit over who owns the Willamette Country Music Festival trademark.

The Register-Guard reports the summer festival's founding promoter, Warren Williamson, filed suit in January against founding sponsor Bi-Mart and festival vice-president of operations, Anne Hankins.

Under a tentative agreement, Hankins and Bi-Mart will pay a combined $200,000 and retain the Willamette Country Music Festival name.

Williamson accused Bi-Mart and Hankins of stealing the event's brand when they parted ways and announced a new company, Willamette Country Music Concerts Inc., would stage the festival this summer.

Hankins said last summer she formed the new promotional company in response to complaints that Williamson failed to follow through on promises regarding stage management, parking and other issues.

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