Thursday, October 6, 2016

I'm no hamster, Fox News’s Harris Faulkner argues in Hasbro suit that was settled out of court

What made Hasbrp think they can get away with something like this?
NY Daily News reports another female Fox News personality has scored a legal settlement - but this one had to do with a toy hamster.

Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro Inc. for $5 million last year, saying she’d suffered “substantial commercial and emotional damage” from a plastic “Littlest Pet Shop” hamster doll that shares her name.

The “uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,” and Hasbro damaged that rep with its Harris Faulkner hamster, her New Jersey federal court lawsuit said.

Hasbro “willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner’s unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain — by creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named ‘Harris Faulkner,’” the suit said, calling her portrayal as a rodent “demeaning and insulting.”

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