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Rihanna granted permanent injunction against Topshop. Had to pay her £200,000, possibly more later

Lawyers who represented singer Rihanna in a successful High Court battle over a T-shirt unlawfully bearing her image are seeking almost £1 million in legal costs, a judge heard yesterday as he granted her a permanent injunction.

In July, he ruled that Rihanna's fans might have been deceived into thinking that she had endorsed the T-shirt.

Topshop had sold the garment - which bore an image of her taken without permission on set of her 2011 music video We Found Love - between March and August 2012.

The judge said sale of the T-shirt without her permission was "passing off".

At yesterday's hearing, he ruled that it was "right and fair" that the 25-year-old singer should be granted an injunction to prevent any future similar wrong use of the "style icon's" image.

He gave Topshop permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal against his ruling. If his decision is upheld on appeal, the judge will then assess the amount of damages due to the singer - and how much is also due in legal costs.

The judge said the estimated legal bill put forward by Rihanna's legal team - $1.4 million, or £919,000 - were "figures I find startling".

The judge said he was not satisfied that he could safely use those figures to decide what interim payment should be made today to Rihanna pending a full damages assessment.

He eventually settled on a "reasonable" £200,000.

Tags: legal / lawsuit, rihanna

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