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Grumpy Cat gets $710K in lawsuit

26 January 2018

Internet icon Grumpy Cat has won US$710,001 (NZ$962,000) in a lawsuit alleging a coffee company was improperly using its rights to her face, the Guardian reports.

The feline got the nickname for her grouchy face, but her real name is "Tardar Sauce".

Grenade Beverage paid to use her images on iced coffee products, but went further and launched a roasted coffee product without permission.

"Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants' despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about", read the complaint.

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Grumpy Cat may still be a sourpuss, but her owner has something to smile about after winning more than $700,000 in an intellectual property lawsuit.

The deal between the two was for the Grummpuccino iced drink, which has the Grumpy Cat name and image on the bottle.

Additionally, Grumpy Cat Limited said the percent of profits it was receiving from Grumppucino sales wasn't what Grenade had agreed to in the contract. Through the sale of t-shirts, books, pillow, and other Grumpy Cat branded items, Bundesen has reportedly raked in millions.

It also has an iced coffee, Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino, which led to a breach of contract suit against manufacturer Grumpy Beverages.

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She also has 1.42 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram and nearly nine million likes on Facebook. They also complained they were told the cat would be appearing in a film alongside Will Ferrell and Jack Black, but this did not happen. She later became the subject of a meme, in addition to becoming an official spokescat for Friskies and starring in the 2014 Lifetime movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.

Following the victory, the cat's lawyer, David Jonelis of Lavely & Singer, said: 'I think, first of all, that it's a just verdict.

A court in California found in Grumpy Cat's favour and ordered a huge payout.

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Grumpy Cat gets $710K in lawsuit