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Grumpy Cat awarded $700,000 in copyright infringement lawsuit

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 09:46:43-05

(CNN) – A beverage company has a bitter pill to swallow, after losing a lawsuit over "Grumpy Cat."

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

Her owner cut a deal five years ago with the Grenade Beverage Company to sell a line of iced coffees called Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino.

But Tabatha Bundesen said the company used the cat's image in other promotions, including T-shirts and a line of roasted coffee, so she went to court.

On Wednesday, a jury in California awarded the owner more than $700,000.

Bundesen owns Grumpy Cat Ltd., a company that makes items with a Grumpy Cat theme.

The cat is an internet celebrity who has appeared on television shows and commercials.

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