Mark Linnhoefer – FOX News anchor, Harris Faulkner, has sued the Hasbro toy company over a toy hamster sharing her name and having a “physical resemblance” to her.
According to Faulkner, she told Hasbro in January not to name their toy hamster after her. The company put the toy out anyway, and it is currently still being sold. Faulkner’s complaint states the product is “demeaning and insulting” and that she suffered “substantial commercial and emotional damages”. The complaint furthermore calls for a sum of $5 million to be paid in damages and a recoup of the profits from the sales.
The hamster allegedly resembles Faulkner in its facial expression, eye design and eye make-up, according to Faulkner’s complaint, and is unfit for small children due to a choking hazard. Hasbro says that the toy “[meets] and [exceeds] all safety standards.” Other commentary on the lawsuit was not given.
Faulkner’s complaint goes on with a lot of narcissism – “Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author” – and claims that her “personal brand” was damaged by the toy hamster sharing her name.
For those that are interested in reading the thing, the case is called “Faulkner v Hasbro Inc, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, No. 15-06518”.
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