Harris Faulkner, Fox News anchor and six-time Emmy award winner is suing the toy manufacturer Hasbro over a hamster toy.
In 2014, Hasbro launched the "Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll" in its Little Pet Shop Line. In January, Faulkner's lawyers put the company on notice regarding the toy. Hasbro continued to sell the hamster toy. So now, Faulkner has launched a $5 million lawsuit against the "demeaning and insulting" toy hamster that uses both her name and, by her claim, look. The complaint states:
Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation. Without Faulkner’s prior knowledge or consent, Defendant Hasbro, Inc. (“Hasbro”), a multi-billion dollar toy company, 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” as part of Hasbro’s “Littlest Pet Shop” product line (the "Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll”).