HP settles Chubby Checker's penis-app suit

With all Hewlett-Packard has to worry about, it’s got to be a relief to the Palo Alto tech giant that it has finally resolved that nasty litigation by former rocker Chubby Checker over – let’s all take a deep breath here – a penis-measuring app.

Best known for his 1960s song The Twist, Checker had sued HP in 2013 after an app named after him was created for HP’s Palm operating system. The app purported to allow users to discover the penis size of various people by typing in their shoe size.

Checker had sought a half billion dollars from HP, claiming the app caused him “irreparable damage and harm,” according to the Guardian newspaper, which reported the settlement. The newspaper said the terms of the deal haven’t been made public. But it added that “neither side has accepted liability,” and that “Hewlett-Packard has apparently agreed not to use the singer’s stage name, related trademarks, or likeness on their products.”

The app was withdrawn from the WebOS App Catalog in 2012 after a cease and desist order from Checker’s lawyers, according to the Guardian, which added that the app apparently had been downloaded only 84 times.

Photo by Jessica Reilly, AP/Telegraph Herald

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