Paris Hilton's 'hot' lawsuit victory
Paris Hilton apparently cares enough to settle lawsuits with the very best.
After she sued Hallmark three years ago for printing a greeting card that used her likeness and the now utterly retro catchphrase "That's hot," the case has been settled, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Terms of said settlement were not released, but THR notes that "we have reason to believe Hilton walked away with a favorable package." Awesome. An heiress totally needs to receive fat settlements in ridiculous lawsuits.
So what are the implications of this?
Well, Hallmark cried free speech when the matter first came up, but an appeals court shot down that argument. Does that mean no one is allowed to say "That's hot" ever again? Which, honestly, would be fine since people pretty much stopped saying that in 2008? Not exactly.
Hilton did trademark the term in 2007, which means that anyone trying to sell a product that uses the phrase -- especially in conjunction with Hilton's image, as Hallmark did -- could face legal problems. But you and me? We can talk like Hilton to our heart's content.
My question is: Does this set a precedent that will lead to another lucrative settlement in the Kim Kardashian inflatable doll suit? In the name of justice, we can only hope.
| September 27, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Paris Hilton
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