- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Toy giant Hasbro Inc. has settled a $5 million lawsuit with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner over a toy hamster with her name and similar facial features.

Fox’s “Outnumbered” star filed a lawsuit in September after finding out that Hasbro’s Little Pet Shop toys included a rodent with her name, makeup style and complexion. Hasbro released a statement Wednesday saying the case, which was filed in a New Jersey federal court, has been “settled amicably.”

“Harris Faulkner and Hasbro are pleased to report that the lawsuit filed by Ms. Faulkner last year has been settled amicably. Ms. Faulkner took action against Hasbro because it was selling a child’s toy — a plastic toy named Harris Faulkner,” the statement read, The Associated Press reported.

“Ms. Faulkner argued that she did not consent to have her name or image associated in any way with the manufacture and/or sale of this toy and that, as a journalist, she never endorses companies’ products. In defending the lawsuit, Hasbro contended that its Littlest Pet Shop toy was not named for Ms. Faulkner and did not look like Ms. Faulkner in any way. The ‘Harris Faulkner’ toy is no longer manufactured or sold by Hasbro.”

Hasbro also reiterated that Mrs. Faulkner does not endorse the product since the toy and its packaging are still available online.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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