Grumpy Cat owner awarded over $700000 in lawsuit. Cat still won't smile

26 January, 2018, 02:41 | Author: Rita Burton
  • This scowl is worth $100 million

Grumpy Cat's case was against the Grenade beverage company.

Grumpy Cat, based in the U.S., is a celebrity feline who first gained attention in 2012 due to her unique grouchy expression.

Grumpy Cat Limited said in their suit that in 2013 it agreed to license a line of iced coffees called "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino" with Grenade owners Nick and Paul Sandford.

A year later, her fame led to a deal with United States coffee company Grenade Beverage LLC.

"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.

Originally posted on the social website Reddit by the brother of the cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, the image of the cat quickly spread as a meme with amusing text captions.

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The owners of the Grumpy Cat brand, based around a cat with dwarfism and an underbite who perpetually looks grumpy, have successfully sued a company for £500,000 for unauthorised use of pictures of the animal.

The judge ultimately sided with the cat, however, and ordered that the coffee company pay $750,000 in damages alongside a $1 nominal damage fee for breach of contract. He also cited a Grumpy Cat appearance on the Fox News Show "Fox and Friends", Courthouse News reported.

Grenade said that Grumpy Cat only posted about the coffee 17 times.

She became so popular that Bundesen, her owner, quit her waitressing job to found Grumpy Cat Limited.

However, Grumpy Cat Limited filed court documents in 2015 claiming the company had exceeded the deal by selling roasted coffee and "Grumppuccino" T-shirts. 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. They also own word marks in global classes 21, 25, 41, for tea and coffee mugs, clothing, and website services relating to the image and name of the cat.

'Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict, ' said Grump Cat Ltd. lawyer, David Jonelis.

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