Hootie & the Blowfish has a bone to pick with a splintmaker.

A lawsuit accuses North Coast Medical Inc. of San Jose, Calif. of making unauthorized use of the band's name to advertise the latest plastic used in splints. The ad, which has run in trade journals, features a Chubby Checker record changing into a Hootie compact disc."We're not doing anything malicious. We just thought it was a slightly humorous way of approaching a product," North Coast spokeswoman Kathy DeStories said.

The band is seeking unspecified damages.



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