Britain’s Court of Appeal has ordered Topshop to pay Rihanna an estimated 1.5 million pounds, or $2.26 million, in legal costs linked to her lawsuit against the retailer for using an unauthorized image on a T-shirt.
Asked to comment on the court’s decision, a partner at Reed Smith, the firm representing Rihanna in the case, said: “The judgment speaks for itself. We make no comment on figures.” A Topshop spokeswoman declined to comment.
A separate inquiry into damages and the profits made on the sale of the T-shirt is ongoing.
On January 22, the court confirmed an earlier decision that Topshop had infringed Rihanna’s rights by selling the t-shirt without her consent.
The image was one of Rihanna’s face from her “We Found Love” music video. It was emblazoned on a shirt that Topshop sold in 2012, and stopped stocking before the case went to court.
The judge had ruled that the item was damaging to Rihanna’s “goodwill,” and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the “fashion sphere.”
Judges argued that Topshop was at fault for failing to inform customers that the garment was not endorsed, authorized or approved by the singer.