Grumpy Cat Has Become the Center of a Real Life Lawsuit — Over Coffee

12/15/2015 at 06:40 PM ET

Grumpy Cat Coffee
Grumpy Cat Coffee Company

Looks like Grumpy Cat has found something to actually be grumpy about.

The famous feline is in the midst of a lawsuit over the use of her likeness to sell coffee, Consumerist reports. Grumpy Cat Ltd (which owns the rights to the cat’s name and brand) has taken legal action against Grenade Beverage, a company who licensed her name and face for their packaging.

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The complaint states that the cat’s camp allowed Grenade to use the likeness of Tardar Sauce (Grumpy Cat’s given name, in case you weren’t aware) for one specific product — a frozen coffee called the “Grumpuccino.” When they started to sell whole bean coffee, though, they had gone too far.

Further, the document states that the company has been using the website http://www.grumpycat.com (not to be confused with the animal’s official website, http://www.grumpycats.com), and that they “have been operating the Infringing Website for the purpose of furthering their unauthorized use and exploitation of the Grumpy Cat Copyrights and Grumpy Cat Trademarks.”

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The interesting thing about the coffee company’s website is, while Grumpy Cat’s name and face is plastered all over, there is no specific mention of the cat herself — it’s just generic statements about light-heartedness and coffee, completely detached from the personality and essence of Tardar Sauce.

Still, the company denies any wrongdoing. “Can’t comment other than to say there isn’t a single factual allegation contained in the entire complaint, not one,” Paul Sandford, a partner of Grenade, told Eater. “Stay tuned.”

We certainly will.

Shay Spence

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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