New online paper in St. Louis pays for Globe-Democrat name

Monday, December 14, 2009 | 10:05 a.m. CST; updated 11:26 a.m. CST, Monday, December 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS — A settlement has been reached that will allow a new online newspaper in St. Louis to use the Globe-Democrat name.

Financial terms of the settlement announced Monday were not disclosed. But officials with the online site say the publisher of a print newspaper called the Globe-Democrat, Steve DeBellis, has agreed not to pursue a trademark infringement lawsuit against Dan Rositano and the Web site.

The Web site launched Sunday.

The daily St. Louis Globe-Democrat ceased publication in 1986 after 134 years. DeBellis discovered the trademark had been abandoned years later and changed the name of his bi-monthly newspaper to the Globe-Democrat in 1994.


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