Chubby Checker sues HP over penis-measuring app

Feb 14, 2013
Chubby Checker performs a free concert on July 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A lawyer acting for Checker—the musical legend behind "The Twist"—has announced a lawsuit against tech-giant Hewlett-Packard for using the singer's name for a penis-measuring app.

A lawyer acting for Chubby Checker—the musical legend behind "The Twist"—has announced a lawsuit against tech-giant Hewlett-Packard for using the singer's name for a penis-measuring app.

In a statement this week, attorney Willie Gary said the suit named HP and its subsidiary Palm, for marketing the without permission.

The suit filed a Florida federal court seeks $500 million in damages.

According to Gary, it alleges the "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value... and will tarnish his image that he has worked to maintain over the last 50 years."

"This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time," said Gary.

"We cannot sit idly and watch as technology giants or anyone else exploits the name or likeness of an innocent person with the goal of making millions of dollars," he added.

"The defendants have marketed Chubby Checker's name on their product to gain a profit and this just isn't right."

The "Chubby Checker" app, which appears on websites for Palm devices, claims to allow a person to determine a man's penis size by using his shoe size.

Checker, 71, is best known for his 1960 hit "The Twist" which spawned a dance craze during the decade that followed.

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VendicarE
2.3 / 5 (9) Feb 14, 2013
It is good to see that HP chose to stop making PC's in order to begin the marketing of Chubby Checker.

It was the only way the Corporation could survive.
FrankHerbertWhines
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 14, 2013
It is good to see that HP chose to stop making PC's in order to begin the marketing of Chubby Checker.

It was the only way the Corporation could survive.


it is amazing how you can so consistently stupid.
dan42day
not rated yet Feb 15, 2013
Hey Beavis, it's a lawsuit about a penis measuring device, and his lawyer's name is Willie..heh...heh,heh.....Willie...
BSD
3 / 5 (2) Feb 15, 2013
So it's come to this. A formerly great engineering company that prided itself on quality and engineering excellence. Produced some of the best electronic test equipment I have ever used, now producing shit like this. Those who have had an involvement in HP's demise ought to be lined up and shot. The prime suspects are those MBA holders. Masters of Bullshit Artistry. Worse, is they get paid a golden multimillion dollar handshake for the wreckage they leave behind. Shame on them.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2013
Look you Communist. They were just doing their duty to maximize share holder value, and as long as you do that, everything else which is good and great will fall into place.

"shit like this" - BSD

It must be so, because we define it to be so.

So shut up and marvel in the perfection of Capitalism.
BSD
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2013
Look you Communist. They were just doing their duty to maximize share holder value, and as long as you do that, everything else which is good and great will fall into place.

"shit like this" - BSD

It must be so, because we define it to be so.

So shut up and marvel in the perfection of Capitalism.

Oh! Sorry VendicarE, I missed the inspired corporate move that saw the dumping of 80 years of engineering excellence to produce a penis measuring app. Hang on, I get it, Messrs Hewlett and Packard had the penis measuring app all along. It was hidden in a file thought lost for decades and it turned up in Mr. Hewlett's old desk during the latest corporate re-org. It's only now, with the advancement of technology, that this gift to humanity has been technically feasible. I badly misjudged HP, it won't happen again.
Guy_Underbridge
not rated yet Feb 18, 2013
Hey Beavis, it's a lawsuit about a penis measuring device, and his lawyer's name is Willie..heh...heh,heh.....Willie...

And it's for your Palm...heh..hehe...
VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) Feb 18, 2013
American Capitalism at it's best.

"Oh! Sorry VendicarE, I missed the inspired corporate move that saw the dumping of 80 years of engineering excellence to produce a penis measuring app." - BSD

Perfection in action.

Well worth the tens of millions paid to the former CEO for taking the action.

obama_socks
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 19, 2013
This is not about HP's reputation. It is about Chubby Checker's reputation and the damage done to it by the fools who work at HP and who are most likely going to cost that corporation a huge amount of money for their reckless and disgusting attitude toward a man who is a terrific entertainer (Chubby Checker), whose fans will find this attempted connection of their idol to a nasty and needless form of slander, as a great insult.

This sad injury toward a good person that could also impact his livelihood is inexcusable. The persons responsible for that travesty should be fired immediately without any severance payments or benefits. And HP executives need to examine their conscience and think about what they are doing.

This is not Capitalism. This is more of a Saturday Night Live skit or a Jay Leno joke at the expense of an innocent man.