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Chubby Checker Sues HP Over Penis-measuring App

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Chubby Check, real name Ernest Evans, isn't happy about his stage name being used for the app.

There really is an app for everything. Sometimes, we wonder if there's something app developers haven't thought of. In case you weren't aware, there's even an app for measuring your manhood. Unfortunately, the app, dubbed Chubby Checker, has rubbed American singer-songwriter Chubby Checker the wrong way.

Ernest Evans is suing HP over the WebOS application, which was apparently pulled in September of last year. According to a press release, the lawsuit details "the irreparable damage and harm that Hewlett Packard's bad business dealings caused Chubby Checker and his company."

Ernest Evan's lawyer, Willie Gary, said the lawsuit was about preserving the integrity and legacy of Chubby Checker.

"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," Gary said in a the statement.

"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. The Defendants have marketed Chubby Checkers' name on their product to gain a profit and this just isn't right," continued Gary.

Chubby Checker and his legal representation are seeking $500 million in damages. However, WebOS Nation reports that the app, which was supposedly pulled in September of 2012, was downloaded less than one hundred times. Priced at $0.99, HP would have gotten a cut of $0.30 per download. HP has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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    sykozis , February 16, 2013 12:12 AM
    The same idiot that hired a private helicopter to "rescue" him from New Orleans...but completely ignore people stranded on their houses or in small boats, etc.... That d-bag....
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2013 12:16 AM
    "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. The Defendants have marketed Chubby Checkers' name on their product to gain a profit and this just isn't right," ...

    "Chubby Checker and his legal representation are seeking $500 million in damages. However, WebOS Nation reports that the app, which was supposedly pulled in September of 2012, was downloaded less than one hundred times."

    Remind me again, who is exploiting who for money?
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    abbadon_34 , February 16, 2013 12:49 AM
    OMG I can't stop laughing
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    blackfire1 , February 16, 2013 12:08 AM
    "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,"
    ...
    Who?
  • 26 Hide
    sykozis , February 16, 2013 12:12 AM
    The same idiot that hired a private helicopter to "rescue" him from New Orleans...but completely ignore people stranded on their houses or in small boats, etc.... That d-bag....
  • 19 Hide
    sykozis , February 16, 2013 12:13 AM
    He did that after Hurricane Katrina in 2005....when New Orleans was flooded...
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    master_chen , February 16, 2013 12:15 AM
    What the ???? did I just read?

    Edited for language. All ages read these forums; please review the ToS if you have questions.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2013 12:16 AM
    "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. The Defendants have marketed Chubby Checkers' name on their product to gain a profit and this just isn't right," ...

    "Chubby Checker and his legal representation are seeking $500 million in damages. However, WebOS Nation reports that the app, which was supposedly pulled in September of 2012, was downloaded less than one hundred times."

    Remind me again, who is exploiting who for money?
  • 14 Hide
    master_chen , February 16, 2013 12:18 AM
    There's just no end to the degree of humanity's stupidity and utter douchebaggery...god I wanna out of this planet as soon as possible...come on, NASA, how much long I should wait before you make that goddamn Luna colony? Argh! >%(
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    abbadon_34 , February 16, 2013 12:49 AM
    OMG I can't stop laughing
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    abbadon_34 , February 16, 2013 12:50 AM
    BTW, that old song in a million commericials "The Twist" that's his
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    shqtth , February 16, 2013 1:08 AM
    WHen I heard Chubby checker, the first thing I thought was a way to check the size of your chubby. And I never saw the app before in my life of heart about it.

    So what Damages? How can you have damages on a stupid stage name? Obviously when he picked his name he didn't think it through. Its like one of those bad named chinese restraints.


    Anyways the guy is only after money. And HP does not have much of a user base, so what damages? maybe only less then 1% of people who have smart devices might of seen that application. Very small percent. He should be lucky it was not on Android. and in fact someone should release this app on Android just for that reason since he is acting like a guy with a small tinny chubby.


    BTW, who the F makes a app to check your penis size? What the hell where they thinking. Come on there is more useful things to make then that. stop wasting good talent on crap.
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    COLGeek , February 16, 2013 1:40 AM
    Wow, I had to look at a calendar to confirm it wasn't the first of April. Bizarre.
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    sykozis , February 16, 2013 1:43 AM
    ankit0x1hahahaha....why they didn't make it to iOS ....Apple would have sued by trillions

    There was one released for iOS....lol
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    DookieDraws , February 16, 2013 1:59 AM
    I wonder if he would have sued if they had named the app Chubby Pecker?
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2013 2:35 AM
    His song is named after what I do to my "chubby" when I'm lonely?

    And give it "The Twist."

    Sorry, I never post here, but this is utterly sad.
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    therabiddeer , February 16, 2013 2:35 AM
    DookieDrawsI wonder if he would have sued if they had named the app Chubby Pecker?

    That wouldnt make much sense, chubby checker means it is checking your chubby. Pecker checker would work though.

    PS: Why is he suing HP and not the developer that named it chubby checker?
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    Adroid , February 16, 2013 2:36 AM
    Lol.
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    Pailin , February 16, 2013 4:27 AM
    He does more to damage his own image in light of highlighting his Chubby Checker woes to the world again xD

    I had not even heard of this app before today. Gonna be hard to forget this new Twist on Chubby Checker ever again now lol
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2013 4:30 AM
    Some people just don't understand http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect
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    bryonhowley , February 16, 2013 4:32 AM
    Well it is one way to get his name in the news again give that no one had even heard or thought of him in years. The whole lawsuit is just a way to get his name known again and nothing else.
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    kanoobie , February 16, 2013 4:37 AM
    Couldn't help buy laugh when I read the headline.
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    Inferno1217 , February 16, 2013 5:21 AM
    This about sums it up. http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/14/chubby-checker-lawsuit-penis-measuring-app-hp-hewlett-packard-palm/
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