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HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement app

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A lawsuit filed against Hewlett-Packard and Palm over a webOS app that would estimate the size of male genitals has been settled. Last February, rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker sued the companies, asking for $500,000 while claiming the third-party app called the Chubby Checker "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value." The app itself, which was first released in 2006, would estimate penis length from whatever shoe size was inputted.

In a legal notice this week (which was spotted by The Hollywood Reporter), HP notes that the matter's been settled, and that it will refrain from using any of the Chubby Checkers trademarks in the future. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The case was particularly noteworthy because HP and Palm did not create the software, which was removed from HP's app site months before the lawsuit was filed. Nonetheless, Chubby Checker — whose real name is Ernest Evans — went after the companies, arguing that the app infringed on a number of his trademarks. After HP tried to get the case dismissed, a California judge sided with Evans, saying that HP should have rooted out possible infringement in its own review process.