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Fox Sues Humorist Al Franken Over Slogan

August 11, 2003 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fox News Channel has sued liberal humorist Al Franken and the Penguin Group to stop them from using the phrase ``fair and balanced″ in the title of his upcoming book.

Filed Monday in Manhattan, the trademark infringement lawsuit seeks a court order forcing Penguin to rename the book, ``Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.″ It also asks for unspecified damages.

Fox News registered ``Fair & Balanced″ as a trademark in 1995, the suit says.

Franken’s ``intent is clear _ to exploit Fox News’ trademark, confuse the public as to the origins of the book and, accordingly, boost sales of the book,″ the suit said.

Calls to Penguin and Franken’s publicist were not immediately returned. The book is due out next month.