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    Paris Hilton and Hallmark reach a settlement over Hallmark lawsuit

    Reported the Hollywood Reporter

    Paris Hilton has settled a lawsuit against the company over a controversial greeting card that featured a scene seemingly ripped from her old reality show “The Simple Life.” The caption read “Paris’s First Day as a Waitress” and made a pun on her trademarked catch phrase, “That’s Hot.” In 2007, Hilton sued, claiming her publicity rights had been violated.

    Last week, attorneys for Hilton and Hallmark advised a California judge that they had reached a settlement. A confidentiality provision limits the release of exact terms, but we have reason to believe Hilton walked away with a favorable package.

    When the heiress filed suit in 2007, Hallmark struck back with an anti-SLAPP motion citing free speech protections.

    The case made its way up to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which handed Hilton a huge legal victory last year. The appeals court rejected Hallmark’s protected-speech argument and raised doubts that the greeting card was “transformative” expression. The case was remanded back to a lower court.

    Since then, the two sides have been preparing for a December trial. Evidence was being collected to ascertain the commercial value of Hilton’s endorsement.

    Now, pending a judge’s blessing, the case is over.

    Hilton’s name will be stamped in law review articles discussing the tricky balance between publicity rights and the First Amendmentóbut we may never know exactly what Hilton’s publicity is really worth.

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    Comment from Jen
    Time: September 28, 2010, 8:17 am

    Paris probably walked away with a pretty good sum of money.

    Hallmark has lost such cases in the past, so it was just as well they settled out of court.
    It’s cheaper in the long run.

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