The Wolf Trap Foundation has released an official statement regarding the lawsuit they have brought against the Barns of Rose Hill in Clarke County.
Notice of the statement was posted on the foundation’s Facebook page which has received hundreds of scathing posts about the lawsuit throughout the day.
The letter has been posted in its entirety below.
STATEMENT BY THE WOLF TRAP FOUNDATION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
As you may have heard, Wolf Trap is currently involved in a trademark dispute with the owner of a theater named ‘The Barns of Rose Hill,’ located in Berryville, Virginia. This matter has received coverage from local media outlets, and, unfortunately, this coverage has omitted relevant information on the background of this issue, and Wolf Trap’s repeated and ongoing efforts to reach an amicable resolution with The Barns of Rose Hill.
Wolf Trap has no desire to force The Barns of Rose Hill out of business. This is strictly about trademarks, and the need to prevent consumer confusion in the marketplace. For over thirty years, Wolf Trap has operated a theater in Vienna, Virginia under the name ‘THE BARNS AT WOLF TRAP” (which is also known simply as “THE BARNS”). As a matter of trademark law, if other performing arts theaters in northern Virginia use the name “THE BARNS,” this presents a risk of consumer confusion. In the case of The Barns of Rose Hill, the risk of consumer confusion is particularly strong because the theater is located fewer than 50 miles from the Barns at Wolf Trap, and because the theater offers the same type of performing arts and education programs to the same potential customers as Wolf Trap.
Since September, Wolf Trap has repeatedly informed The Barns of Rose Hill that it would like to settle this amicably, and avoid litigation. We emphasized that we were not requesting any monetary payment from the Barns of Rose Hill, and that our only objective is to prevent consumer confusion. Thus, we are simply asking The Barns of Rose Hill to use a trademark other than “The Barns” as the name of its theater. In order to make The Barns of Rose Hill’s transition to a new name as simple as possible, we have offered The Barns of Rose Hill a generous phase-out period to make this change. The Barns of Rose Hill retained outside counsel, and refused to engage in any dialogue with us.
Again, to be clear, Wolf Trap is not trying to prevent The Barns of Rose Hill from operating a performing arts theater in Berryville. In fact, we are excited about the addition of a new theater in northern Virginia, and we trust that the Barns of Rose Hill shares our goal of promoting and facilitating education, culture, and performing arts activities for both adults and children.
Wolf Trap remains hopeful that the parties will be able to resolve this issue in the very near future, and we look forward to engaging in productive settlement discussions with The Barns of Rose Hill in the days ahead.