Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro Over Faulkner Hamster
Hasbro has named a toy after Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner and Faulkner is anything but happy. She is actually quite mad. So mad, in fact, that she decided to sue the toy maker for creating a toy that represents her for the company’s sole financial gain.
In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Deadline.com, Faulkner accuses Hasbro, Inc. of violating Faulkner’s “right to control the use of her name and likeness” by introducing the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll as part of Hasbro’s “Littlest Pet Shop” product line. This has reportedly brought some damage to Faulkner, commercially and emotionally.
It is believed that Hasbro is selling the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll both nationwide and internationally. Aside from selling it in the company’s stores and website, hasbrotoyshop.com, Hasbro also sells the said toy through Target, target.com, walmart.com, WalMart, Amazon.com, toysrus.com, Toys ‘R Us, and toywiz.com.
Furthermore, Faulkner’s lawsuit also pointed out that the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll has been declared a “choking hazard” and that by creating a doll in Faulkner’s name, Hasbro seems to have implied that Faulkner readily endorses or agrees with the product. In addition, Faulkner believes that being portrayed as a rodent is simply “demeaning and insulting.”
Faulkner is a mother of two girls and a six-time Emmy award-winning journalist who has been on the job for over 20 years. She is currently a news anchor and commentator on the Fox News Channel, where she had joined back in 2005 as a correspondent.
Today, Faulkner is also an anchor for the “Fox Report Weekend” as well as a panelist for the editorial program, “Outnumbered.” Meanwhile, Faulkner also frequently contributes to the program, “Happening Now.”
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Faulkner is suing for damages amounting to $5 million. When BBC asked Hasbro to comment, spokeswoman Julie Duffy simply stressed that all of their Littlest Pet Shop toys actually “meet and exceed all safety standards.”