Arcadia’s Topshop has been ordered to pay singer Rihanna’s “startling” £1.5m legal bill the High Court has ruled.
Last month the retailer lost a battle against the pop star when the Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the retailer selling a T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without her permission.
This week the Court of Appeal ruled that Sir Philip Green’s chain must pay the increased legal bill from the singer of £1.5m as well as its own bill of £500,000.
Lawyers for Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group argued that there was “no proper basis” for forcing them to pay up the bill along with their own costs but appeal judges Lord Justice Richards, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Underhill ruled the costs order was “reasonable” and dismissed the challenge.
At the original hearing in September 2013, the judge granted an injunction meaning Topshop must refrain from selling any T-shirts featuring a particular image of Rihanna without clearly informing customers that the garment was not endorsed, authorised or approved by the singer. At the time Rihanna had an exclusive agreement to design clothes for rival retailer, River Island.
In November the high street chain brought the star to the Court of Appeal after it was ordered to pay the pop star £200,000 for using the image.