However, Grenade countersued the cat's image company, saying that "Grumpy Cat had not held up their end of the deal to promote the drinks on social media", according to The Guardian.
It is understood that Grumpy Cat was not in court for the verdict, although the six-year-old (real name Tardar Sauce) did make a brief appearance during the trial, earlier in January. On the other side: Nick and Paul Sandford, owners of Grenade Beverage, who'd originally worked up a licensing deal with Grumpy Cat Limited to create an iced coffee line called "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino", but who then engaged in "despicable misconduct", per a GCL complaint, cited by the Washington Post.
On Monday, Grumpy Cat and her owner Tabatha Bundesen were awarded $710,001 in court.
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U.S. coffee company Grenade asked to use her image in 2013, and owner Tabatha Bundesen agreed after making Grumpy Cat Limited.
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A lawyer representing Grumpy Cat said that the jury's verdict could set a legal precedent. "It's the first verdict ever rendered in favor of a viral meme", David Jonelis told The Wrap, adding that "memes have rights too". The cat's unexpected fame allowed Bundesen to quit her job waitressing at Red Lobster, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Grenade said that Grumpy Cat only posted about the coffee 17 times.
She has travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014, the cat even starred in her own Christmas film.
Grumpy Cat Limited also said Grenade was not paying the agreed-upon percentage of profits from the iced coffee and was selling unauthorized Grumppuccino t-shirts without sharing the profits. They also own word marks in worldwide classes 21, 25, 41, for tea and coffee mugs, clothing, and website services relating to the image and name of the cat. She now has over two million followers on Instagram.