The National Park Service reached a $12-million settlement in a long-operating legal battle with Yosemite’s former facilities operator that permits that identify and several others to be restored to their historic places.
Yosemite National park spokesman said that the day one those names belong to American people and that dispute resolves it is significant.
Gediman said that The American government paid $3.84 million of the settlement and Aramark, Yosemite’s current concessions operator, paid $8.16 million,
The dispute began in the year of 2015 after Delaware North Companies Inc., which had operated the park’s restaurants, resorts, and outside activities lost a $2-billion contract renewal bid taken to competitor Aramark organization.
Delaware North plead, claiming that when it took over operations in the year of 1993, it had been necessary to purchase the previous concessionaire’s intellectual property, also included the name of the attraction sites. The company needs to be paid more than $50 million to allow Aramark to continue using the clash signatures.
Under the terms of the settlement, Aramark will pay Delaware North to use the names through the end of its contract in 2031. Ownership of the names will then revert to the federal government, leaving no question as to whether the park can continue to utilize them, Gediman said.
Perhaps most important, he said, the litigation has also affected how agreements for national park concessions are structured. Newer deals now specify that private companies cannot independently own names and trademarks associated with park points of interest.
“It set a precedent for the over 400 national park units across the nation, which is extremely important,” Gediman said.
The famed Ahwahnee Resort was established in the 1920s and has played host to such celebrities as Queen Elizabeth II, John F. Kennedy, and Charlie Chaplin. It was one of the highest-profile properties renamed in 2016, pending the outcome of the lawsuit, however, there were others.