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Chubby Checker sues Hewlett-Packard over app to measure penis size

Chubby Checker sues Hewlett-Packard over app to measure penis size

Chubby Checker app has caused 'irreparable damage' to singer of same name, say lawyers

Sean Michaels; guardian.co.uk, Thursday 14 February 2013 05.21 EST

Rock'n'roll pioneer Chubby Checker is suing two computer companies for allowing his name to be used as the title of an app that guesses the size of a man's penis.

Checker's lawyers are seeking half a billion dollars for the "irreparable damage and harm" caused by the Chubby Checker, an app for Hewlett-Packard's Palm OS platform. "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," explained lawyer Willie Gary.

The Chubby Checker was removed from all official Palm and Hewlett-Packard listings in September 2012, the companies told WebOSNation. But an old listing for the program lays out its raison d'être: "Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there [sic] member is? … All you need to do is find out the man's shoe size and plug it in and … there is no need for disappointment or surprise." The developers, a defunct studio called Magic Apps, boast of the app's international appeal: the Chubby Checker accepts UK, US and European shoe sizes.

The real Chubby Checker, 71, was born with the name Ernest Evans. He trademarked his stage name in 1997. The singer's lawyers allege that the app will "blur and tarnish" this trademark, associating the Checker name with "obscene, sexual connotation and images". Furthermore, "purchasers of 'the Chubby Checker' app and non-purchasing browsers of the associated web page are being misled into believing that plaintiffs have endorsed defendant's app".

The creator of the Twist is demanding "all profits" amassed by the defendants in association with the Chubby Checker – an amount that somehow approaches $500m (£320m), according to his lawyers' press release. As noted in response by TCPalm, one software website shows that the $0.99 app has been downloaded just 84 times.

Checker, whose first No 1 was The Twist in 1960, had an unexpected comeback in 2008, reaching No 1 in the US dance charts with the song Knock Down the Walls. His shoe size is unknown.

by Anonymousreply 1302/14/2013

Oh God, I thought this was an Onion story.

by Anonymousreply 102/14/2013

It was removed from the Palm app store in September 2012? Are there even still devices that run PalmOS?

by Anonymousreply 202/14/2013

many are asking, who is Chubby Checker? Sounds like a alert that fatties are on the move

by Anonymousreply 302/14/2013

"Sean Michaels", the apparent author of the article, is also the name of the #1 black male porn star.

by Anonymousreply 402/14/2013

Right. Because shoe size is a perfect barometer for knowing a guy's dick size. Talk about a POS money grabbing app.

by Anonymousreply 502/14/2013

IN OTHER NEWS, CHUBBY CHECKER: STILL ALIVE SHOCK!

by Anonymousreply 602/14/2013

How in the world could a big corporation like Hewlett-Packard be so stupid?

by Anonymousreply 702/14/2013

'Chubby Checker'...now that is rather clever.

by Anonymousreply 802/14/2013

That's rich coming from a guy who owned a restaurant where he had cameras by the toilets in the women's room.

by Anonymousreply 902/14/2013

R9 That was not Chubby Checker. It was Chuck Berry.

by Anonymousreply 1002/14/2013

Whoops! Thanks R10

by Anonymousreply 1102/14/2013

What about the Beatles or the Monkees...

by Anonymousreply 1202/14/2013

Allegedly, Ernest Evans was renamed Chubby Checkers by Dick Clark's first wife as a play on the name of Fats Domino.

The Twist was written and performed first by the mighty Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. Chubby made an almost exact copy of Hank's version, added the dance and it went right to the top of the charts.

by Anonymousreply 1302/14/2013
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