Fox News anchor and commentator Harris Faulkner has filed a federal lawsuit against the toy manufacturer Hasbro, saying the company's Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll illegally appropriates Faulkner's name and persona.
Faulkner, a six-time Emmy Award-winner who joined Fox News Channel in 2005, said in a filing in New Jersey District court on Monday that the corporation included the plastic miniature animal in its "Littlest Pet Shop" line in 2014. The dolls, which have names such as Pepper Clark for a skunk and Sunil Nevla for a mongoose, are sold at retail and "have also been included in McDonald's Happy Meals more than once."
In addition to unauthorized use of her name, the suit alleges the Faulkner doll also bears "a physical resemblance to Faulkner's traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup." The packaging includes a TM symbol after the doll's name, suggesting Hasbro owns a U.S. trademark for "Harris Faulkner."
Hasbro never sought permission for use of her name and persona, Faulkner says in the filing, noting that as a journalist she cannot endorse commercial products. "Further," the suit reads, "Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting."
Faulkner seeks damages of $5 million.
Hasbro did not respond immediately to a Newsday request for comment.