NEWARK, N.J. — Hasbro Inc. wants a federal judge to dismiss a $5 million lawsuit filed by a Fox News anchor who says a toy hamster shares her name and resembles her.

Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro in August over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company’s popular “Littlest Pet Shop” line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult.

The toy company says in a filing Monday in federal court in New Jersey that the toy and Faulkner share nothing in common except for their name and that the toy and newscaster are distinctly different and there’s no basis to find that Hasbro misappropriated her unique identity.

“Ms. Faulkner is an adult, African-American, human, female newscaster; the Hamster Toy is an inch-tall, cartoon-like plastic animal, which has no apparent gender or profession, or even clothing that might identify its gender or profession,” the company said in its motion.

Faulkner’s lawsuit says that in addition to sharing her name, the toy bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, including its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design.

 


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