Sneak loves to see hard justice acted out upon big IT companies but sometimes a peaceful settlement is more of a happy ending. That's what happened this time around, after HP settled one of the stranger legal spats on the case books of a court, after an action brought by music legend Chubber Checker.
The strange-but-true story behind the lawsuit comes from Mr Checker - real name Ernst Evans - getting wind of an app from the short-lived HP Palm operating system, that mangled cutting-edge science, technology and witchcraft to correlate the long-rumoured shoe size = penis size metric.
With the subtle-as-a-shovel-to-the-head moniker ‘The Chubby Checker', the app incurred Chubby Checker's wrath in 2013 as the rock god insisted that it infringed upon his trademarked name, as well as being somewhat lewd.
In what must have been a surreal moment, HP removed the offending app from the Palm app store that has long since followed the dodo into extinction. But for the legal teams of HP, this was just the tip of the problem.
Evans declared that his "internationally known" stage-name should have meant that HP's app approval process prevented The Chubby Checker from ever making it onto the store.
He was seeking millions but now an out-of-court agreement between HP and Mr Checker has prevented HP from ever using his name in vain again.
Sneak is left in no doubt that Mr Checker is not a man to be trifled with and will now cease work on his gentleman's companion app under development as Project Rod Stewart.
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