KANSAS CITY — Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed by Paris Hilton over the use of her image and catchphrase "that's hot" on a greeting card.
Hallmark attorneys had defended the card as a parody. But Hilton's lawsuit claimed the company had misappropriated her image and catchphrase.
The Kansas City Star reported that Hilton obtained a trademark on the phrase "that's hot" in 2007, a few months before the lawsuit was filed.
Last year an appellate court rejected Hallmark's contention that the card warranted a "public interest" defense.
No details of the settlement were released. The lawsuit had sought a half-million dollars.
Hallmark spokeswoman Julie O'Dell said the company had no comment on the settlement other than that it was a "mutually acceptable conclusion."