Grumpy Cat snatches lump of cash in California court

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In 2013, Grenade's owners struck a $150,000 deal to serve iced-coffee beverages branded with the cat's face called "Grumppucinos". But in 2015, the beverage company made a decision to create a line of "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee", which was not in the original deal, prompting Grumpy Cat Limited to file a copyright lawsuit in federal court.

No the world hasn't gone mad, but it's getting close as feline internet star Grumpy Cat has been awarded $710,001 by a Californian federal court after its image was overused. The eight-member jury sided with Grumpy Cat, who was apparently home sulking when the verdict was read.

In the trial at California federal court Grumpy Cat Limited sued a United States coffee company Grenade after they broke the terms of an agreement over the use of the cat's image.

Grenade countersued, claiming that Grumpy Cat had failed to promote Grenade's products on social media, as required by the licensing agreement.

The cat's perpetually sad and unique expression is said to be caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite - when the lower jaw extends forward.

Although the coffee was promoted with the phrase "the ideal candidate to turn your frown upside down!", Grumpy Cat Limited sued the Sandfords for breach of contract.

Among those allegedly unseemly acts, per Grumpy Cat Limited: launching an additional, unauthorized ground coffee attached to Grumpy Cat's likeness, selling Grumpy Cat T-shirts without permission, and not paying out the proper percentage of profits.

It also has an iced coffee, Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino, which led to a breach of contract suit against manufacturer Grumpy Beverages. The cat herself - real name: Tardar Sauce - has appeared on "Today", "Good Morning America" and even "American Idol".

She also has 1.42 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram and nearly nine million likes on Facebook. The cat's photo was uploaded by the cat owner's brother on Reddit.

Grumpy's lawyer, David Jonelis, told CourtHouse News that Monday night's verdict was "a complete victory".

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