September 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Muppets Win Meaty Ruling

Compiled From Wire Services

A federal judge says the Muppets won’t have to can their latest character - a large wild pig whose name, Spa’am, spoofs a popular luncheon meat.

Spa’am will star in the Muppets’ next movie as high priest of the wild boars that worship Miss Piggy as their Queen Boom Sha-Ka-LaKa-La.

Hormel Foods Corp. had tried to stop Jim Henson Productions from including Spa’am in “Muppet Treasure Island” or on any merchandise. The company argued the new character will make the public lose its craving for SPAM, Hormel’s most lucrative product.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood disagreed.

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