Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro Over A Toy Hamster Bearing Her Name

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name - and possibly even her resemblance.

Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week 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.

"Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting," says the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

For photos of Harris Faulkner and the disputed toy, click through the gallery below:

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Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

The Harris Faulkner toy was introduced in 2014, according to a lawsuit, and was sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. (Photo courtesy: Amazon)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Newscaster Harris Faulkner attends A Tribute To African-American Achievements In Television hosted by The Paley Center For Media at Cipriani Wall Street on May 13, 2015 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Journalist Harris Faulkner attends Variety's Power Of Women New York Brought To You by Frederique Constant at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2015 in New York City.
DEMAREST, NJ - MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) FOX personality Harris Faulkner attends the 2014 Peace, Love & A Cure Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on May 21, 2014 in Demarest, New Jersey.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: FOX news anchor Harris Faulkner attends the 2012 Ailes Apprentice Class graduation ceremony at FOX Studios on November 15, 2012 in New York City.
CRESSKILL, NJ - MAY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Television journalist Harris Faulkner attends the 2015 Peace, Love & A Cure Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on May 20, 2015 in Cresskill, New Jersey. 
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Faulkner has been at Fox News for a decade. She hosts the daytime show "Outnumbered" and anchors a Sunday evening newscast.

Her 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.

The Harris Faulkner toy was introduced in 2014, according to the lawsuit, and was sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. Other toys in the popular line include animals named Pancakes Watkins, Puffball Petrovsky and Pepper Clark.

The lawsuit says Faulkner never gave permission for Hasbro to use her name or likeness and that she even demanded in January that Hasbro stop using it. More than three weeks later, it was still for sale on Hasbro's website, the lawsuit contends. It says that as of July, Faulkner's name was still being used on a Hasbro website to sell Littlest Pet Shop products, and the plastic hamster that bears her name can still be bought at other online retail stores.

Julie Duffy, a Hasbro spokeswoman, said the company doesn't comment on litigation, but she took issue with the lawsuit's contention that the doll is a "known choking hazard that risks harming small children."

"The Littlest Pet Shop product identified, and all products in the Littlest Pet Shop line, meet and exceed all safety standards," Duffy said.

Faulkner is seeking $5 million in damages and attorney fees, plus any profits the company made on the toy.

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