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Hulk Hogan can always be counted on to deliver an entertaining lawsuit. Last year, the professional wrestler and reality television star strong-armed Post Foods after the cereal giant came out with a commercial that featured a character known as "Hulk Boulder" with long blond hair and a blond Fu Manchu mustache suffering humiliating defeat to Bam-Bam of Flintstones fame. Now, Hogan has picked his latest target -- a company that owns car dealerships in the St. Louis area.

Hogan is suing Southland Imports and Suntrup Automotive Group over a commercial that warns unwary car buyers of getting "body slammed" over bad deals and that invites customers "tired of wrestling for a good deal." The lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Florida District Court alleges that the defendant violated Hogan's likeness and implied an endorsement by imitating his voice and using his catch phrases.

And what catch phrases does Hogan claim in the lawsuit to have popularized?

  • The heavy use of "brother" to refer to one's acquaintances
  • Pointing to one's own muscles and referring to them as "guns" (Watch out, Ron Burgundy)
  • Reference to fans as "Hulkamaniacs"

Put together, the Hulkster sees a publicity rights infringer in his midst.

Hogan tells about his long list of accomplishments, which include six-time WWF/E champion, the part of "Thunderlips" in Rocky III, a cameo appearance on Walker: Texas Ranger, a VH1 reality show, host of American Gladiators, a cover of a Gary Glitter song, commercials with Troy Aikman, and the single biggest 900 phone number from 1991 to 1993. Yes, he's that famous.

Hogan is seeking to body slam the commercial and derive unspecified damages from the defendant. He was successful in gaining a settlement last year in the case of "Hulk Boulder."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq/hulk-hogan-sues-car-dealership-161094
Can't be fucking with Hogans "likeness."

He must really be broke, what is this his 4th lawsuit in a year?
 

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TNA should be sued for too much WWE likeness.


don't see why Hogan gives so much of a shit, i'm sure stuff like this happens a lot with charismatic celebrities such as Hogan.
 
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TNA should be sued for too much WWE likeness.


don't see why Hogan gives so much of a shit, i'm sure stuff like this happens a lot with charismatic celebrities such as Hogan.
He gives a shit because when a company uses his likeness like this they owe him money. So of course he's gonna give a shit about it. He's absolutely right to sue them.
 

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He gives a shit because when a company uses his likeness like this they owe him money. So of course he's gonna give a shit about it. He's absolutely right to sue them.
Hogan cares now because he doesn't have money.
if Hogan was still as rich as he once was, yeah, he wouldn't give a shit.

wonder what copyright rules are for satire.


WWE to sue TNA for the Undertaker rain promo ripoff!
 

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I personally agree that he should be able to sue, and I probably would to, but it just comes off as desperate with how many lawsuits he's filed recently.

It's as if he's looking for a case, but yeah he has every right to sue.
 

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I personally agree that he should be able to sue, and I probably would to, but it just comes off as desperate with how many lawsuits he's filed recently.

It's as if he's looking for a case, but yeah he has every right to sue.
he probably IS desperate for money but the man got 5-6 major surguries on his back this past year. That money is leaving soon as it comes. TNA or no TNA! I wish People stop bitching about everything the man does. Even when he gives a small opinion on Cena/Rock fued and people couldn't wait to bash him. He wasnt even dissing nobody.
 

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He gives a shit because when a company uses his likeness like this they owe him money. So of course he's gonna give a shit about it. He's absolutely right to sue them.
Just because you can sue someone in this situation doesn't mean you should, or that it doesn't make you an insufferable douchebag.

Nobody is trying to use Hulk Hogan's likeness to imply endorsement of their product. Hulk Hogan is a washed up nobody, if they wanted him to shill for their cereal/car dealership/black market organ transplant company, they would have forked over fifty bucks to his agent. Advertisers use a likeness of Hulk Hogan because 80s Hulk Hogan is synonymous with professional wrestling in pop culture. If you ask someone who doesn't watch wrestling to do an impression of a pro wrestler, they will do an impression of Hulk Hogan - even if they have no idea who he is.

He's basically suing people who are making professional wrestling parodies because he's a broke, classless idiot. There's a local car dealership here who have had guys doing impressions of Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks in their commercials for like fifteen years. They haven't been sued because, surprisingly enough, Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks aren't huge assholes and have better things to do with their time than sue used car dealerships for chump change.

Things like being relevant, brother.
 

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he probably IS desperate for money but the man got 5-6 major surguries on his back this past year. That money is leaving soon as it comes. TNA or no TNA! I wish People stop bitching about everything the man does. Even when he gives a small opinion on Cena/Rock fued and people couldn't wait to bash him. He wasnt even dissing nobody.
Uhm, I know he's broke and I actually feel sorry for the poor guy. Nobody was bashing him here, just talking about how desperate he is. Because you know, we're the IWC and that's what we do, criticize.
 

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Adramelech, is it pure coincedence that you share a name with an excellent Finnish Death Metal band? Because I would mark out immensely if I found out there was a Suomi Death fan on here who enjoyed the likes of Demilich, Xysma and early Amorphis.
 
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