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Friday Factoid: Hamster Toy Leads to $5 Million Dollar Right of Publicity Suit

Public figures may sue others who misappropriate their name and likeness for commercial gain. Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner recently filed a $5 million right of publicity suit against toy maker Hasbro, claiming that Hasbro’s inch tall toy hamster that shares the broadcaster’s name also bears her likeness in terms of the toy’s complexion and eye shape. Hasbro responded with a motion to dismiss, stating that the toy has no “apparent gender or profession, or even clothing that might identify its gender or profession.” Source: ABA Journal; Memo for Motion to Dismiss Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.