Diageos Stitzel-Weller distillery is now a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Diageo's Stitzel-Weller distillery is now a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Diageo has confirmed that its North American division has reached a settlement in its legal battle with Allied Lomar over the 'Stitzel' trademark.

The lawsuit, lodged by the Californian distiller with the California Northern Court in July last year, alleged that Allied Lomar had registered Stitzel as a trademark in 2004. However, Diageo has subsequently filed trademark applications in the US related to the Stitzel-Weller distillery in the country, which it inherited following its creation in 1997.

Earlier this year, Diageo's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed, with the group claiming that Allied Lomar had let the trademark lapse, was refused.

When contacted by just-drinks today, however, a spokesperson for Diageo confirmed that agreement had been reached between the two. "The parties have settled this case amicably on mutually-accepted terms," the spokesperson said, declining to provide further details.

The Stitzel-Weller distillery, in Kentucky, was mothballed in 1992, with remaining stocks being used in Diageo's Blade and Bow Bourbon range, launched last year. The site re-opened two years ago as a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the 'Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience'.