Battle Over Elsie the Cow is Settled, Clearing KKR’s Borden Path

The soon-to-be owners of Borden Dairy Co. will fork over an additional $685,000 to keep using Elsie the Cow on its products, according to the terms of a settlement approved Thursday.

Borden, which filed for bankruptcy in January, agreed to sell itself to a joint venture between KKR & Co. and Capitol Peak Partners last month. But Elsie, the big-eyed bovine that has adorned Borden products for decades, became a stumbling block when the owner of its trademark raised an objection to the sale.

Borden licenses the rights to Elsie from an affiliate of Grupo Lala, one of its current equity owners. Grupo Lala argued that Borden couldn’t give the licensing rights to new owners without Grupo Lala’s consent. Borden disagreed, but said it would be expensive, time consuming and risky to fight it out in court, making a settlement more prudent.

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