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Son of Connect 4 inventor claims Hasbro stole his game idea

The heir to the Connect 4 game fortune is suing Hasbro for allegedly stealing his idea for a new line of toys called Mash-Ups that combine classic games controlled by the toy company, according to a suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month. David Wexler’s father, Howard, invented Connect 4, which is licensed to Hasbro and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Between 2007 and 2015, David, 37, pitched his idea to Hasbro, proposing to combine two classic Hasbro games into one — including Yahtzee and Boggle, or Monopoly and Trouble. David and Hasbro signed an April 2015 agreement, which “prohibited Hasbro from using the ideas submitted for commercial purposes without Mr. Wexler’s consent or paym ...