Chubby Checker Sues Over 'Endowment' App Name
February 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM (PT)
'60s hitmaker CHUBBY CHECKER is suing HEWLETT PACKARD and PALM INC. in federal court over a software app that bears his name and claims to estimate the size of a man's equipment based on his shoe size.
CHECKER filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in FORT PIERCE, FL earlier this week over the app called "The Chubby Checker," claiming it was an unauthorized use of his name, and that it will "blur and tarnish" him by associating the CHECKER name with "obscene, sexual connotation and images."
USA TODAY reports, "An old listing for the app describes it like this, 'Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of their member is? Well now you can right now from your phone. All you need to do is find out the man's shoe size and plug it in'."
"He's hurt," CHECKER's attorney told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. "He worked hard to build his name and reputation over the years."
CHECKER is seeking a half-billion dollars in damages and restitution.