Being one of the Fox News’anchor Harris Faulkner commands quite a fame and popularity, not to mention an attractive yet undisclosed net worth. With many ups and downs in her career, it seems Harris is finally on her way to earning big money and big reputation along with it. You can read her success story here.
As we all know this six times News Emmy winner is definitely furious about how Hasbro toy hamster has her name and her looks. It is somewhat a crime to use someone’s name without taking the person’s permission. However, the more surprising thing is that the anchor claims that the toy resembles her somehow. How?? I do not know but if she says then she must have a solid reason.
Now with that Harris is so rigid of suing one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers for big ass sum of $5 million over under the 'violation of trademark law for false endorsement and unfair competition'. She also claims that this hideous act of the company has violated her right of publicity. In addition to that Harris demands the full details regarding how much Hasbro has earned out of that toy and the company needs to stop making and selling of that toy.
However, to the general public, it might seem why the anchor is getting entangled in such a stupid little toy case but it looks like it sure is a big deal for her. Along with the news of her dragging the company into the court, some gossipers have been pouring that she is trying to make some money out of the case. What the hell! The publicity of that toy must have damaged Harris’s image to some extent and the haters are accusing her.
According to oregonlive.com , “the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult.”
However, according to the defendant, "Because name-sameness is not enough to state a claim for a violation of one’s right of publicity under well-established law, and because Ms. Faulkner’s attempt to claim that the hamster toy misappropriates her likeness is implausible on its face, Ms. Faulkner’s Third Cause of Action alleging a violation of her right of publicity fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted and should be dismissed with prejudice."
Additionally, Hasbro says, "First, Ms. Faulkner is an adult, African-American, human, female newscaster; the Hamster Toy is an inch-tall, cartoon-like plastic animal, which has no apparent gender or profession, or even clothing that might identify its gender or profession,"
Now, the question is will she get what she has demanded? But it seems like Harris won’t get it as Hasbro’s response looks way too strong.