Singer Chubby Checker sues Hewlett Packard, Palm over racy app 'The Chubby Checker'

Singer says app is damaging to name, reputation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chubby Checker is suing over a racy app he claims is damaging to his name and reputation.

The singer, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit yesterday against Hewlett Packard and Palm in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The app, called "The Chubby Checker," claimed to allow women to estimate how well-endowed a man was by entering his shoe size.

The suit charges the app was an unauthorized use of Checker's name and trademark.

HP said the application was removed in September 2012, the same month Checker's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter, and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted web site.

The app cost 99 cents and sold fewer than 100 copies. The app developer is not named in the lawsuit.

Checker's song, "The Twist" was at the top of the Billboard charts for 18 weeks in 1960 and became an iconic tune of the era.

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