Hasbro Inc. asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, who wants the company to pay her $5 million because it made an inch-tall plastic toy hamster named "Harris Faulkner."
Faulkner — a six-time Emmy Award-winner who anchors "Fox News Weekend" for the news channel — sued Hasbro in August for adding the hamster to its line of "Pet Pawsabilities" toys. She claimed that the plastic rodent with a levitating butterfly hat "willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner's unique and valuable name and distinctive persona" for Hasbro's financial gain.
In documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, Hasbro — which no longer sells the toy — said it will seek to toss out the suit at a Dec. 21 hearing.
The filing contends that the name is irrelevant. That's because, it says, "a side-by-side comparison of Ms. Faulkner and the Hamster Toy shows that the two bear absolutely no resemblance."
In a 37-page document with separate sections subheaded "The Fictional Hamster Toy Named Harris Faulkner" and "The Real-Life Adult Woman Named Harris Faulkner," Hasbro points out that Harris Faulkner (the anchor) doesn't have a white muzzle or a pink nose. She "is a human," it says.
"The Court should not accept Plaintiff's opinion that the inch-tall hamster toy bears Ms. Faulkner's resemblance, but instead must conduct its own comparison to determine whether the allegations are plausible as a matter of law," it says.