Yesha Callahan

Fox News Host Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro Over Hamster Toy With Same Name

150901-harris-faulkner-side-by-side_6a93490e8082e692083b0a86e5a736d4.nbcnews-ux-600-480 At least it’s a cute hamster?

Fox News host Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro Inc. for $5,000,000, after she discovered they have a toy hamster with her name.

Faulkner sued Hasbro Inc. this week in U.S. District Court in New Jersey for “creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named ‘Harris Faulkner'” as part of its “Pet Pawsabilities” toy line.

Although Hasbro doesn’t sell the toy any more, Faulkner’s attorney submitted the above photo as evidence.

Lawyers said the toy “willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner’s unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain.”

Harris says the company never got her permission to use her name, and as an award-winning journalist she is offended that she was made into a rodent.

Image Credit: Getty Images/Hasbro Inc.

  1. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Lawsuits like these typically will take years. The question is about when Hasbro made the name, how was it done, and laws pertaining to the usage of names in this fashion. The more that I have read about this case, the more of unique that the lawsuit is. Harris Faulkner said that there is a TM symbol after her name on the hamster product, which shows that there is a United States trademark interest on the product, but Faulkner has nothing to do with the product at all. Hasbro claims that they don’t sale the product anymore. So, this lawsuit could go either way. My intuition tells me that if she wins, she probably won’t receive 5 million dollars though. I heard of Harris Faulkner for years.

  2. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Well at least it’s a cute hamster. LoL.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell


  3. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    smart lady. hope she winds her case.

  4. September 3, 2015 - Reply

    “unique and valuable name ”

    I had never heard of this Harris Faulkner before this, but I will say 1. Harris ain’t unique, 2. Faulkner ain’t unique, 3. putting 2 common names together ain’t valuable. And I’m interested to see how she proves they named that toy after her and not some white guy’s son.

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