After establishing their brand as Trick Pony with the success of their debut single “Pour Me,” the group is in a legal battle with former band manager Herbert Graham regarding the band’s name.
According to an article by The Boot, Graham allowed the band name trademark to lapse during Trick Pony’s hiatus in 2015 and registered himself as the owner under his business group PGP, LLC. He claims that he did so in order to recoup losses made while he was managing the band. In 2016, when the band reformed and was set to release a new album, Pony Up, PGP, LLC attempted to sue the group for trademark infringement. The lawsuit was dropped, however, after the ruling judge removed the law firm representing Graham due to conflict of interest.
Although the trademark infringement lawsuit has been dropped, the band is pursuing action against Graham to establish whether or not he acted in bad faith when he claimed the trademark.
In a statement released by the band, Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns wrote:
“It was a shot in the gut not only to be told that we could no longer use the name of the band we worked so hard to establish, but that it is someone that was our manager and friend stopping us…. Make no mistake. We will never stop doing what we love, and we will never stop fighting for a name that has defined the musical journey that we’ve shared with our fans through the years.”