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posted by martyb on Thursday September 03 2015, @08:34AM   Printer-friendly
from the but-is-her-dress-yellow-or-black? dept.

A Fox News anchor is suing a US toy company, Hasbro, for more than $5m (£3.3m) over a toy hamster that she says resembles her and shares her name. Harris Faulkner said the company's portrayal of her as a plastic hamster "was demeaning and insulting". She filed a legal case saying the toy resembled her traditional professional appearance, including complexion, eye shape and eye make-up design. The toy is part of the company's popular Littlest Pet Shop collection. It was first introduced in 2014, according to legal documents (pdf) obtained by entertainment news website Deadline. The legal case, which was filed at a district court in New Jersey on Monday, said Hasbro had "wilfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner's unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain". It said Mrs Faulkner, who has been a Fox News anchor for 10 years, had never given the toy manufacturer permission to use her name or likeness and in January demanded they stop using the product. But three weeks later, it said, the doll was still available on the Hasbro website.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by shipofgold on Thursday September 03 2015, @01:49PM

    by shipofgold (4696) on Thursday September 03 2015, @01:49PM (#231728)

    Not being a regular viewer of Fox News I have never heard of Ms. I have.

    If there are 20 people in the world who made the connection between that toy and her, I would be surprised.

    This one smacks of headline grabbing.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday September 03 2015, @01:59PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 03 2015, @01:59PM (#231735) Homepage Journal

    LOL, I wouldn't have known who she was, either.

    But, you're probably understimating. I'll bet there are between 50 and 60 people who could have made that connection. At least 40 of them are rabid right wingers, so it shouldn't have mattered anyway.

    "Trust the science" -- Tony Fauci and his army of psycophants
  • (Score: 2, Funny) by khallow on Thursday September 03 2015, @04:08PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 03 2015, @04:08PM (#231821) Journal
    If she plays her cards right, they may still be digging up these toys throughout the galaxy billions of years in the future. Sure, most will probably look like turds, but it's cheap immortality, if you can get it going.