Here's a twist. Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit accusing Hewlett-Packard of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man's penis based on his shoe size. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with the singer, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks. The settlement was disclosed in a filing with the San Francisco federal court. Checker, 72, is best known for his 1960 hit "The Twist," that inspired an international dance craze.The singer objected to HP's online sales of "The Chubby Checker" app and a federal judge allowed part of the suit to go ahead, saying HP should have known that "the owner of the Chubby Checker mark would never have consented to license the mark for such a vulgar purpose." HP declined to comment.
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First published July 25 2014, 10:00 AM