Singer Chubby Checker Suing HP/Palm For $500 Million
Chubby Checker is a singer that is known for his 1960 hit cover of the R&B hit “The Twist.” Checker has filed an odd lawsuit against Hewlett Packard Company and their subsidiary Palm Inc. He is suing Palm because of an application called “The Chubby Checker.”
The Chubby Checker software application allowed women to estimate the size of a guy’s manhood based on his shoe size. Checker’s real name is Ernest Evans and he filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against HP and Palm in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida this past Tuesday. The lawsuit claims that the application “adversely affects Chubby Checker’s brand and value.” He claims that the app “The Chubby Checker” was an unauthorized use of Check’s name and trademark.
The application is no longer even available, but Checker (71) is seeking a half-billion dollars in damages and restitution.
“The application was removed in September 2012 and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted web site,” stated HP director of corporate media relations Michael Thacker.
“The Chubby Checker” application sold under 100 copies according to WebOSNation. Checker said that he did not give permission of receive compensation from the app. The lawsuit says that Checker has received patents and trademark licenses for his name to be used for a line of snacks.
[Article thumbnail photo credit: Alan C. Teeple via Wikipedia]