Chris Farley’s Family Settles With Bike Maker Over ‘Fat Guy’ Brand


The family of Chris Farley, the deceased comedian who made his name on “Saturday Night Live,” settled a lawsuit on Wednesday with an American bicycle brand that it accused of benefiting off the actor’s “fat guy” image.

In the lawsuit, Make Him Smile, a company operated by the actor’s family that lays claim to Mr. Farley’s property rights, accused Trek Bicycle Corporation of acting unlawfully when it named its “fat bike” line “Farley.” The bicycles have oversized tires and other features for riding on unusual terrain like snow or sand.

Make Him Smile said in the suit — which was filed in California last fall before being moved to Wisconsin this month — that damages could exceed $10 million, but a Wednesday settlement announcement offered no details on the terms of the agreement. Neither Trek nor Make Him Smile responded to requests for comment this week.

During his decade-long career, Mr. Farley created a brand around the loud and sometimes frenetic characters he portrayed on “Saturday Night Live” and, later, in movies like “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” often using his weight to comedic effect.


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