Hootie Launches Lawsuit, Swings Into Golf Benefit

Hootie and the Blowfish are suing a medical manufacturer over the unauthorized use of the band's name in an ad for a new type of plastic splint.

AP reports that a lawsuit was filed on Thursday seeking unspecified damages against North Coast Medical Inc. of San Jose, Calif. The company is running an ad in trade journals that depicts their advances in technology by featuring a Chubby Checker record changing into a Hootie compact disc.

A company spokesperson told AP that North Coast wasn't doing anything malicious.

Meanwhile, the band has announced they'll be staging their fourth annual "Hootie and the Blowfish - Monday After the Masters Pro Am" benefit golf tournament and concert on April 13. The golfing event is being held at The University Club in Blythewood, South Carolina, with the concert later that night at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

The main beneficiary of the benefit is Junior Golf. Past tournaments have raised enough money to fund a program

called "South Carolina Junior Golf Land," a facility that allows South Carolina young people to play golf at no cost.

Last month the band "road tested" new material from their pending new album at a New York City nightclub; proceeds from that show went to help a friend stricken with cancer.