Jury awards $30 million in Taco Bell lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Remember the talking Chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials a few years ago?

It has made two men pretty rich.

A federal jury in Michigan has ruled the fast food chain has to pay more than $30 million to Thomas Rinks and Joseph Shields, who say Taco Bell stole their idea for the ad campaign.

The men sued the chain in 1998, saying they pitched the idea of a "Psycho Chihuahua" more than a year before Taco Bell began airing the ads. They say Taco Bell ad executives made a verbal agreement to use their design.

Taco Bell says the proposal came from a big advertising company.

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