A class action lawsuit filed against infamous 1990s pop act Milli Vanilli was settled on March 24, 1992. Between 1989 and 1991, it was discovered that the duo was not only lip-syncing live performances, but had not even recorded on their Grammy-winning album.
After that discovery, lawsuits were filed by numerous consumer protection agencies requesting refunds from the group and their label Arista Records. In August of 1991, after several class action suits had been rejected, a Chicago area judge approved a suit offering a refund to anyone who purchased a Milli Vanilli record or attended a concert. Arista Records was forced to accept refund claims until March 8, 1992 and made payments on March 24.
The band was quickly dropped from the record label and their Grammy awards were revoked. According to Margaret Moser’s book “Rock Stars Do The Dumbest Things,” it was also revealed that the pair’s signature hair braids were fake as well.
Group members Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan fell out of contact in the aftermath of their public disgrace. Pilatus struggled with substance abuse and legal problems before dying of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1998.