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Paris Hilton Settles ‘That’s Hot’ Lawsuit

Posted Sep 27, 2010 8:18 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Paris Hilton has settled her lawsuit against Hallmark for using her photograph and her trademarked catchphrase, “That’s hot.”

Terms of the settlement are confidential, “but it's believed Hilton walked away with a favorable package,” Reuters reports. The deal follows a ruling for Hilton last year by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeals court said Hilton could pursue her right-of-publicity claims because the greeting card that used her likeness and phrase was not sufficiently transformative to merit protection. The card showed Hilton’s face superimposed on a cartoon of a waitress serving food, and warning a customer that the dish is hot. The inside of the card reads, "Have a smokin' hot birthday."

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