Petition filed in court over usage of Eola name

Published 12:02 am Monday, February 6, 2017

NATCHEZ —The owner of the former Eola Hotel building has filed a petition in court to stop the hotel’s former owners from continuing to use the now closed hotel’s name for the nearby Guest House.

Natchez attorney Tony Heidelberg, who represents Robert Lubin, said Lubin’s company filed a petition for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction because The Guest House continues to use the Eola name on its signage, website and other promotional materials.

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Lubin, a Virginia attorney, purchased the hotel in 2014 with plans to convert the hotel into apartments. As part of the purchase, Heidelberg said, Lubin acquired ownership of the Eola name.

Heidelberg said letters have been sent to The Guest House requesting the discontinuation of the Eola name in its business, but the property continues to do so. As of Friday, the Eola Hotel name remained on The Guest House’s website and staff at the property answered the phone as the Eola.

The petition was filed in Adams County Chancery Court, and Heidelberg said a hearing would take place to rule on the request.

Requests for comment from The Guest House were not returned.