A former MN TV anchor's lawsuit over a toy hamster has been settled

More than a year after it was first filed, the lawsuit is over.
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Harris Faulkner.

Harris Faulkner.

Remember that lawsuit by a former Minnesota TV reporter, over a toy hamster that used her exact name?

Well more than a year after it was first filed, it's apparently over.

Harris Faulkner, who was a news anchor at KSTP from 2000 to 2004 and now appears on the Fox News Channel, was seeking $5 million from Hasbro for false endorsement and right of publicity, claiming the toy company used her unique name and likeness without her permission for its own financial gain.

The big-eyed toy hamster, also named Harris Faulkner, was released in 2014 as part of Hasbro's "The Littlest Pet Shop" toy line, the lawsuit, filed published online by MSNBC, says.

 Credit: Lawsuit published online by MSNBC)

Credit: Lawsuit published online by MSNBC)

According to the suit, Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent (see the toy above) is "demeaning and insulting" and the "manufacture, sale and distribution" of the hamster toy is "extremely concerning and distressing" to the journalist. The lawsuit claims not only did Hasbro use her name without permission, but also made the hamster look like the journalist. Hasbro denied it was made to look like her, and that it was named after the TV personality.

Well everything has apparently been settled.

A court document filed Wednesday said Faulkner and Hasbro have agreed to dismiss the case.

The Hollywood Reporter says they've reached a settlement (which neither side has detailed), and the toy isn't being manufactured or sold anymore. According to The Wrap, Faulkner and Hasbro say it was settled "amicably."

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