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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Rock and roll legend Chubby Checker is twisting mad over a software application that allowed women to estimate the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size.
The singer, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Hewlett Packard and Palm Inc. in federal court in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Tuesday, saying that the app “adversely affects Chubby Checker’s brand and value.”
The app, which was called “The Chubby Checker,” was an unauthorized use of Checker’s name and trademark, the lawsuit alleges.
The app is no longer available.
Checker, who is 71 and lives in Pennsylvania, is seeking a half-billion dollars in damages and restitution.
HP issued a brief statement about the matter on Thursday.
It’s unclear how long the 99-cent app was available to customers.
According to the industry website WebOSNation, the app sold fewer than 100 copies.
“We’re going straight to the source,” said Gary.
Checker did not give permission or receive compensation from the app, which purported to be for entertainment purposes only.
The lawsuit said that Checker has received patents and trademark licenses for his name to be used for a line of snacks and other food products.
Checker’s song, “The Twist” was at the top of the Billboard charts for 18 weeks in 1960 and became an iconic tune of the era.
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