DNC, Devil Never Cares, Paid Pirate's Ransom by Feds, Aramark, & Taxpayers for Yosemite Place Names

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 31 July 2019



Camp Curry
Camp Curry Sign before DNC turned it off.
DNC forces us to pay for our own property...


Devil Never Cares Paid Pirate's Ransom for Yosemite Place Names

Lawsuit Settled Between National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC Over Trademarks and Service Marks,
Yosemite National Park, July 15, 2019.


Classic Yosemite Place Names
"Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, the Wawona Hotel, and Badger Pass Ski Area"

Dealing with Thieves
"DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service."

The New Contractor
"Under Aramark’s Yosemite concession contract with the National Park Service, those trademarks and service marks will transfer at no cost to the National Park Service upon the expiration or termination of Aramark’s contract."

Paying Extortion to DNC
"Finally, the settlement provides for payments to Delaware North from Aramark and the United States to resolve any and all contractual disputes among the three parties arising from Delaware North’s departure as a concessioner at Yosemite, and Aramark’s assumption of its Yosemite concession contract."

Old Names Coming Back
"The National Park Service looks forward to the restoration of some of the previous names of the properties at Yosemite, including the Ahwahnee hotel, and the resumed use of other trademarks in connection with concessioner activities at Yosemite. Any changes to the current names of properties at Yosemite National Park following this settlement will be based upon a schedule to be determined by Aramark and the National Park Service."



Yosemite Gets Its Historic Place Names Back,
Smithsonian, July 17, 2019.


"According to the terms of the settlement, Delaware North will receive $12 million for the names, including $3.84 million from the National Park Service and $8.16 million from Aramark. According to a press release, at the conclusion of Aramark’s contract in 2031, the names will transfer to the ownership of the NPS at no cost to the park."


The Ahwahnee is back: Yosemite reclaims historic names in trademark settlement,
Fresno Bee, July 16, 2019.


“Places like Curry Village that opened in 1899 and the Ahwahnee in 1927 – these place names go with these iconic buildings here in Yosemite National Park.”

“They have continued to be tremendously important to the American people, so we here in Yosemite National Park are just ecstatic to conclude the lawsuit, to be a party of the settlement agreement, and we feel it’s a huge win for everybody. Ultimately these names will remain with these places in Yosemite National Park.”



Bottom Line

This lawsuit resolves the claim by DNC that when they won the short-term, temporary contract for managing Yosemite Concessions, they also won permanent ownership of the historical place names of the famous Yosemite Valley institutions that their short term contract authorized them to manage.

DNC lawsuit claiming that their short-term management contract gave them ownership of these famous places' names forced taxpayers to, first pay to change the names of all these facilities, then to pay DNC millions to buy back the Yosemite Names that we owned in the first place, and finally, now to pay to change the names back to their original, historical names.

I'd never give DNC another federal contract, and boycott anywhere DNC have contracted management duties for government or non government facilities, until they can be replaced by a more honest, and less predatory company.

I'd say that the, "American," thing to do, would be for DNC to contribute their, "Pirates Ransom," to Yosemite, say, for trail and backcountry facility maintenance, and assign the tax credit for that contribution to the Yosemite Conservancy.



History of DNC Yosemite Names Ripoff

Oct 2017
Identity theft by trademark tramples Yosemite’s history


Jan 2015
DNC Corporate Theives


See DNC May 2016

See DNC Jan 2016



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