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March 15, 2004

Cat settles spat over Disney movie

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar Inc. and the Walt Disney Co. settled a trademark infringement lawsuit last week that claimed a movie released last year taints the heavy equipment maker's image.

Terms of the settlement were not revealed.

The Peoria, Ill.-based manufacturer alleged "George of the Jungle 2" tarnished Caterpillar's reputation because its trademark yellow earth-moving equipment is linked to the film's villains.

Scenes that show an "evil attacking army" using Caterpillar bulldozers leave a wrong impression about the company's environmental views, the lawsuit alleged.

Disney called the movie an obvious comedy and said viewers won't confuse Caterpillar with the villains.

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