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Chubby Checker Sues Over Risque App That Used His Name

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Chubby Checker via Wikimedia Commons

Chubby Checker via Wikimedia Commons

Singer-songwriter Chubby Checker has twisted his way into a lawsuit over an app that used his name and guessed the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size.

“The Chubby Checker,” put out by Hewlett Packard and Palm Inc. but developed by a third-party, was available for 99 cents; it was pulled in September 2012 after a representative of Chubby Checker, the person (real name: Ernest Evans) sent a cease and desist letter to the companies.

Still, Evans alleges his name and brand were “adversely affected” by the raunchy app’s unauthorized use of his name and trademark and seeks a half-billion dollars in damages.

Evans filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Florida against HP and Palm, but not against the developer, choosing to go “straight to the source,” according to his lawyer, Willie Gary.

WebOSNation data says that fewer than 100 copies of the app were sold when it was available.

Chubby Checker is an American rock-and-roll icon, most well-known for his 1960 hit song and subsequent dance craze, “The Twist.”

What do you think of this lawsuit? Does Chubby Checker have a case over the now defunct “The Chubby Checker?”

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February 20th, 2013 at 2:44 pm