This August, Harris Faulkner (the woman) sued Hasbro for $5 million because she and her lawyers thought Harris Faulkner (a toy hamster) had used her name and likeness without permission. Monday, Hasbro filed back and was like, “Excuse me, Harris Faulkner (the woman), you’re being absolutely ridiculous and we have no time for any of this.”
Deadline reports they’re asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed:
“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,” say lawyers for Hasbro...
In her original complaint, Faulkner (the woman) argued that Faulkner (the hamster) bears “a physical resemblance” to Faulkner (the woman) - specifically the “tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.”
In Monday’s filing, Hasbro argues:
“A side-by-side comparison of Ms. Faulkner and the Hamster Toy shows that the two bear absolutely no resemblance.”
A side-by-side comparison may show no resemblance, but what about a fading GIF?
Nope, still nothing.
Hasbro has “requested a December 21 hearing for oral arguments on its motion.”
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