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article imageHulk Hogan sues Post Cereal over Cocoa Pebbles commercial

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By Kim I. Hartman
May 22, 2010 in Entertainment
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Tampa - Hulk Hogan is back in federal court in Florida, this time over a cartoon commercial. Hulk claims his reputation was harmed in a Cocoa Pebbles ad featuring Bamm-Bamm tossing " Hulk Boulder" into the air and winning the match.
Hulk Hogan is going to the mat against The Flintstones, reports Tampa Bay Online.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing the maker of Cocoa Pebbles, Post Cereal, accusing the company of appropriating his image in commercials for the cereal.
In the "Cocoa Smashdown" commercial, a cartoon character resembling Hogan easily beats Fred and Barney inside the ring. But then Bamm-Bamm steps in and pounds the blond-haired, mustachioed wrestler to bits.
Hulk, the federal lawsuit states, "is shown humiliated and cracked into pieces with broken teeth, with the closing banner, 'Little Pieces…BIG TASTE!'"
The commercial character goes by the name "Hulk Boulder," which Hogan's lawsuit says is a name he used early in his career until wrestling promoter Vince McMahon decided he should have an Irish name.
The lawsuit says Post Foods never sought or received Hogan's permission to use his likeness to promote the cereal. Hogan says he raised his objections with Post in August, but the ads continued.
The wrestler contends he has been harmed by, among other things, "the unauthorized and degrading depictions in the Cocoa Smashdown advertisements."
Hogan has recently been in the news when he filed suit in state court , that was later moved to Federal Court against Wells Fargo Insurance for failing to upgrade his coverage when his exposure to risk grew.
Hogan blames Wells Fargo and claims he was inadequately insured when his teenage son, Nick Bollea, got into a wreck that grievously injured passenger John Graziano. Hogan settled a lawsuit with the seriously injured victim Graziano in February.
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