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Renault Gets Okay to Use Girl's Name for Electric Car

Lawsuit brought on behalf of two girls named Zoe Renault, ages 2 and 8, whose parents fear a lifetime of taunts and sexual innuendo.

Published: 14-Nov-2010

Renault today dodged a bullet for car companies trying to christen new models: being sued because it's someone's name. A French judge said it could keep the name Zoe for its cute little electric car with spa-like aroma therapy ventilation due out mid 2012.

Lawyer David Koubbi sued on behalf of two girls named Zoe Renault (ages 2 and 8), contending their name on the car would set them up for a lifetime of grief, from playground taunts to sexual innuendo. He said his Zoe Renaults (no relation to company founder Louis Renault) would be most hurt, but all of France's estimated 35,000 Zoes would feel the sting.

"Can you imagine what little Zoes would have to endure on the playground, and even worse, when they get a little bit older and someone comes up to them in a bar and says, 'Can I see your air bags?' or 'Can I shine your bumper?'" Koubbi told The Associated Press in an interview.

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