Thursday, 1 August 2013

Rihanna Wins Her £3 Million Legal Battle

Rihanna has won her High Court legal battle against fashion chain Topshop over T-shirts bearing her image. The singer sued the high-street store’s parent company Arcadia for £3.3million over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken of the star during a video shoot in Northern Ireland in 2011.

Topshop had disputed the claim, but Mr Justice Birss today ruled in favour of the singer in the High Court after a hearing in London. He said Topshop's sale of a Rihanna T-shirt had been an act of "passing off", and that a "substantial number" of customers were likely to have bought the T-shirt of a "false belief" that it had been authorised by the singer. The judge added that was damaging to her "goodwill" and represented a loss of control of her reputation in the fashion sphere. He said it was for the singer not Topshop to choose what garments the public thought had her endorsement.

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