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Grumpy Cat And Her Humans Are Very Displeased With This Coffee Company

It's "actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about," according to the lawsuit.
Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce. 
Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce. 

Just one more thing that irritates Grumpy Cat (or at least her owners): alleged copyright infringement.

Grumpy Cat Limited filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against California-based company Grenade Beverage LLC, accusing it of selling Grumpy Cat-branded roasted coffee without proper licensing, Courthouse News reports.

Grenade uses the domain names GrumpyCat.com and DrinkGrumpyCat.com, and in May 2013, it obtained limited rights to sell Grumppuccino, a line of iced coffee drinks featuring the cat’s image, according to the suit. Grumpy Cat Limited reportedly learned in late 2015 that Grenade was also selling roasted coffee -- something not permitted under the license agreement -- and says it refused to stop.

The suit states:

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.

Grumpy Cat Limited’s demands include damages for copyright and trademark infringement, a transferral of the GrumpyCat.com domain name, and a “full and accurate accounting” of Grenade’s books in order to determine how much the defendants owe.

Neither party returned a request for comment from The Huffington Post. 

Contact the author at Hilary.Hanson@huffingtonpost.com

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