In a joint statement from the two whiskey makers, officials explained that this resolution includes an agreed, permanent injunction that was approved by a United States District Court on July 31st.
The resolution states that both Heaven Hill and Log Still “value the importance of intellectual property rights and maintaining strong, independent brand identities within the spirits industry.”
In effect, the companies jointly agreed to terms that respect the ownership of existing trademarks and that will prevent any possible confusion around future trademark usage.
To this degree, Heaven Hill will continue to be the sole producer of J.W. Dant distilled spirits.
Jessica Pendergrass, general counsel for Heaven Hill, said they maintain a product portfolio of respected, historic brands with enduring legacies in the Kentucky bourbon industry. “And continuing that legacy is a priority for our business. This resolution underscores our commitment to protecting our intellectual property and brand equity.”
She continued, “This is a collegial industry built on strong relationships. We value Log Still as a partner in the distilling industry, and wish them continued success in their distilling ventures.”
Wally Dant, founder of Log Still, noted that the uniqueness of the bourbon industry is the collaborative work within the community distilleries. “Heaven Hill and Log Still have worked together over the past few years on making a difference in the communities we live and work. That is what’s important for each of us. We are glad to resolve this dispute amicably and can now focus more time on developing our distinctive line of products and services.”
He said that making memories with family and friends is what their campus is all about. “Sharing a good bourbon among friends is simply the result of this resolution. We appreciate the efforts Heaven Hill has made as a fellow family-owned presence in this collective spirits industry and wish them the best in their endeavors.”