ABMAC, Huedell never said USA was or was not sue happy. He was saying it is a bad comparison of the topic of trademark infringements to people who are sue happy.
The topic here is basically about a major company violated the trademark rights of another, not Paris Hilton. It doesn't matter whether it is Paris or who ever. There are many famous people who have trademarked sayings:
Ed McMahon - "Here's Johnny"
Michael Buffer - "Let's Get Ready to Rumble"
Donald Trump - "You're Fired!"
Its not against the law to say these things (I've heard "You're Fired" many times ). It is against the law to use them to gain profit in the same context as the person who trademarked the phrase.
Hue did slam Muele alittle hard, but Muele hit first and Hue took offense to it.
Like you said, "That's Hot!" has been around alot longer than Paris, but she (or more than likely her manager) trademarked it, because she is famous (sad to say) for saying it. Hallmark may have stepped over the line in using it. If they had a picture of a beach with some bikini clad women on it and "That's Hot!" was on the front, they would probably get to use it; but by using her image, or even some one who looks like her with these words on it my have crossed the line.
I am most likely in violation with my LSU aviator and selling stuff on here. LSU made Bobby Jindel stop making the purple and gold bumper stickers that read "Tiger's for Bobby" because he violated their trademarks even though he never mentioned LSU.
This is how I see it and I'm 100% certain that is how a Federal Judge will see it. This case will be settled by Hallmark or Hilton will win in a court case. I am willing to bet on it. Any takers?