May 7 [16:00 EST] — The Spin Doctors were reportedly in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday as opening statements were made in the band’s lawsuit against the Miller Brewing Company.
The Associated Press reports that the band claims Miller used their 1992 hit “Two Princes” in television ads for Miller Lite Ice Beer without gaining the band’s permission. The group is now reportedly seeking $25 million from the brewery, and an injunction that would prohibit future uses of the song.
In its defense, Miller claims that the music in the commercial is a common composition, and not the Spin Doctors’ tune.
After forming in 1988, the Spin Doctors broke through with 1991’s “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” album. Their success was fueled by “Two Princes” (the centerpiece of the lawsuit) and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.”