Hasbro Asks Judge to Dismiss Fox Anchor Harris Faulkner's Suit Over Toy Hamster

by Alex Johnson /  / Updated 
IMAGE: Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner and Hasbro toy character Harris Faulkner
Harris Faulkner, left, and Harris FaulknerAP/U.S. District Court

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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.

Related: Fox Anchor Harris Faulkner Sues Over Hasbro's 'Harris Faulkner' Toy Hamster

IMAGE: Hasbro motion in Harris Faulkner suit
Hasbro's motion draws a detailed comparison between Harris Faulkner the toy hamster and Harris Faulkner the Fox News anchor.U.S. District Court

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.

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