In Santa Ana, California, Grumpy Cat won $700,000 in a federal lawsuit for the use of her identity.
Years ago, Tabatha Bundesen, the owner of the cat, agreed to let Grenade beverage company use her cat to endorse a product called “Grumpy Cat Grumppacino.” However, the company went a step further and used Grumpy Cat’s image to sell other items without Bundesen’s consent.
Bundesen did not think that this was right, so she filed a federal lawsuit against Grenade three years ago. This past Monday, an eight-person jury determined that Grenade was in the wrong, and that the company should have to pay Grumpy Cat money.
Grumpy Cat became a sensation after Bundesen posted pictures of her on social media in 2012. The cat went from being popular on social media to being a merchandising logo. Her famous frown is the result of having an under-bite and dwarfism. Her fur is white and brown, and her eyes are blue.
Grumpy Cat resides with Bundesen in Morristown, Arizona. Her mother was a Calico, though the type of cat that her father was is unknown. She was born in 2012. Her other name is Tarter Sauce. In 2012, she was named the most influential cat of the year by MSNBC.
Grumpy Cat isn’t the only cat who has taken the world by storm; there are many famous cats, both real and not real. Some of the real cats include Colonel Meow, Lil Bub, Maru, Sockington, Keyboard Cat and Shironeko. Some famous cats that are fake include Garfield, Simba (from The Lion King), Hello Kitty, Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh), Sylvester, Cheshire Cat and Puss in Boots.
The famous cartoon cats have generally been around longer than the real cats. Many of the real cats have found their way to fame through the social media of the late 2000s and 2010s, while the cartoon cats have been around for decades.