Rihanna wins Topshop T-shirt court case

Posted by: on Aug 1, 2013 | No Comments

Pop singer Rihanna has won a legal battle with clothing retailer Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image. The star sued Topshop‘s parent company Arcadia for $5 million (£3.3m) over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011.

Her lawyers told the High Court in London the fashion chain duped fans and may have damaged her reputation. They said the picture was “very similar” to images used on CD sleeves for one of her albums.

Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled that a “substantial number” of buyers were likely to have been deceived into buying the T-shirt because of a “false belief” it had been approved by the singer.

Topshop said it was “surprised, disappointed and perplexed” by the High Court decision. “There was no intention to create an appearance of an endorsement or promotion,” it said.