Chubby Checker sues over 'The Chubby Checker' penis measurement app
Chubby Checker does not take his namesake lightly. The man who helped popularize "The Twist" is suing Hewlett-Packard and Palm over an app called "The Chubby Checker," which was used to estimate the size of a man's penis based on his shoe-size.
Though the app was reportedly removed from Palm's App Catalog in September 2012, Checker -- real name Ernest Evans -- is suing both companies for $500,000. That amount is supposed to include the profits gained by the developers of the Chubby Checker app, the now-defunct Magic Apps, though the application was reportedly only downloaded 84 times.
"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," Checker's attorney Willie Gary says in a 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."
For their part, HP says in a statement, "The application was removed in September 2012 and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted web site."