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Chubby Checker sues HP and Palm over app name

Another kind of twist
Thu Feb 14 2013, 09:56
Gavel and money

TWIST HAPPY RECORDING ARTIST Chubby Checker is suing HP over the use of his name for a manhood measuring app.

The app is called "Chubby Checker" and it is in a Palm app store. Mr Checker filed the lawsuit against HP and its Palm subsidiary in federal court in St. Lucie County, Florida. His lawyer, Willie Gary called the case a "multi-million dollar" lawsuit.

"This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time," said Gary.

"We cannot sit idly and watch as technology giants or anyone else exploits the name or likeness of an innocent person with the goal of making millions of dollars. The Defendants have marketed Chubby Checker's name on their product to gain a profit and this just isn't right."

The lawsuit claims that the app directly links degrading and derogatory content to the artist and has caused "irreparable damage and harm". HP and Palm are named because they operate the storefront that offers the app.

The complaint further alleges that Chubby Checker's image is in danger and that HP has resisted "numerous attempts" to get it to cease and desist offering the app.

We have asked HP for a response. µ

 

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