Fox News Anchor Suing Toy Maker for More Than $5 Million
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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According to reports, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy that shares her name and, the suit says, even her resemblance.

Faulkner sued the toy maker this week over a plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Littlest Pet Shop line. She says the toy is an insult that wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, and harms her professional credibility.

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“Hasbro’s portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting,” notes the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

The lawsuit also indicates that the toy bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, including its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup.

The toy, introduced in 2014, is sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. Other toys in the popular line include animal characters named Pancakes Watkins, Puffball Petrovsky, and Pepper Clark.

Yahoo News reports that Julie Duffy, a Hasbro spokeswoman, said the company doesn’t comment on litigation, however she did comment on the lawsuit’s indication 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 told the news source.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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