In November 2003, the producers of Arrested Development were sued by the hip hop group Arrested Development over the use of the name. The band was an alternative rap group from the early 1990s that has released ten albums. The group is still together and released the most recent album in 2012.
The band was offered a settlement of $10,000 for trademark infringement.
References in the show
- In "Public Relations" a headline in a newspaper freeze frame reads "Musician sues restaurant over use of name."
- The episode "Motherboy XXX" features the mother-son pageant Motherboy which some rock fans confused with the fictional band Motherboy. The Narrator also comments that the show is legally obligated to make a distinction between the band and the pageant.
- In "Sword of Destiny" Tony Wonder wants to use Use Your Illusion for the name of his magic video, but it is taken by Guns 'N' Roses. Likewise, in "For British Eyes Only" G.O.B. wants to use "Free Bird" for the name of his illusion but settles on "Free Chicken".
- Arrested Development (group) at Wikipedia