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Memes are great. If you don’t follow our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you’re missing out on a plethora of quality memes that’ll have you in stitches for days on end. We also have countless memes in our Funny Photos series for your viewing pleasure.
We value our memes and I bet you do, too. In fact, thanks to a recent federal court decision, a certain meme that you’ve probably seen and/or shared countless times has a true monetary value to it.
‘Grumpy Cat’ Just Won $700,000 In Federal Court
If you can believe it, the “Grumpy Cat” that you’ve seen shared a million times on the internet was the subject of a lawsuit in California. In the end, a jury awarded the cat’s owner $700,000 and, wow, the damn cat still isn’t smiling.
The cat’s owner Tabitha Bundesen filed a lawsuit three years ago against the Grenade beverage company over the use of the kitty’s image. Initially, Bundesen allowed for Grenade to use the cat’s likeness for their “Grumpy Cat Grumpuccino,” but the company kept using the cat’s image outside of the original agreement. The cat’s owner wasn’t having it, so they went to court.
The complaint filed by Bundesen’s representation described Grenade’s conduct as “despicable” and it gave the cat and her owner “something to be grumpy about.” Damn, that’s how you lawyer, folks.
It doesn’t stop there, though, because attorney for Grumpy Cat David Jonelis said with sheer confidence that he knows how his cat client feels about the win in court. He genuinely described the cat’s emotions like the thing told him in an actual conversation.
“Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict,” he said.
Did the cat actually tell you that or are you just getting really high and thinking you and the feline relate on a spiritual level? Whatever the case, it worked out for Grumpy Cat. Now I just want to become a famous meme and sue people.
h/t NBC News