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Rihanna's lawyers seek £919k costs over t-shirt battle

Lawyers who represented singer Rihanna in a High Court battle over a t-shirt are seeking a million dollars in legal costs, a judge heard today as he granted her an injunction.

Mr Justice Birss - who recently ruled that the singer's fans might have been deceived into thinking that she had endorsed the Topshop t-shirt - described the figures as "startling".

Rihanna was successful in her High Court battle with fashion chain Topshop Credit: Press Association

Today, he ruled that it was "right and fair" that Rihanna should be granted an injunction to prevent any future similar wrong use of the "style icon's" image.

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.

However he said was not satisfied that he could safely use the lawyer's 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.

Topshop 'disappointed' by Rihanna t-shirt ruling

Topshop has said it is "surprised and disappointed" by the High Court ruling, which found in favour of Rihanna, over t-shirts sold by the high-street chain bearing her image.

A statement from the retailer said: "We feel that the fact that Rihanna has shopped, worn and had a relationship with Topshop for several years appears to have been detrimental to our case.

Rihanna was successful in her High Court battle with fashion chain Topshop. Credit: Press Assocation

"Our long-standing supplier of the t-shirt in issue, Knitmania, has worked with Topshop for a number of years and is an expert in the manufacture of fashion jersey with applied graphics, producing for many of the leading retailers on the UK high street.

"Having received their full indemnity and view that selling a product with an image of a famous star, such as Rihanna, is simply providing a fashion item, we felt comfortable selling this garment."

Sale of Topshop t-shirts 'damaged Rihanna's goodwill'

Mr Justice Birss said Topshop's sale of a Rihanna T-shirt at the centre of the dispute was an act of " passing off".

But he said the "mere sale" of a T-shirt bearing the image of a famous person was not necessarily an act of "passing off".

Rihanna was successful in her High Court battle with fashion chain Topshop. Credit: Press Association

He said a "substantial number" of buyers were likely to have been deceived into buying the Rihanna T-shirt because of a "false belief" that it had been authorised by the singer.

The judge said that was damaging to her "goodwill" and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the "fashion sphere".

He said it was for the singer not Topshop to choose what garments the public thought were endorsed by her.

Rihanna didn't approve Topshop t-shirts, court hears

Rihanna was successful in her High Court battle with fashion chain Topshop. Credit: Press Association

Rihanna, won her High Court battle with Topshop today, after accusing the fashion chain of passing off, or attempting to pass off, t-shirts bearing her image, as being approved by her.

Topshop disputed her claim.

Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled in her favour today after a hearing in London.


Topshop set to open first store in China

British high street favourite Topshop has announced plans to open its first branch in China.

The 14,000 square ft Hong Kong flagship store will open its doors on 6th June.

Topshop will open its first shop in China in Hong Kong on 6th June. Credit: Topshop

CEO of Arcadia Group which owns Topshop Sir Philip Green said: "This is a very exciting step in the continued growth of Topshop as a global, yet uniquely British, brand.

"I am confident that the fashion-loving Hong Kong customers will enjoy the retail experience and fantastic product offer that Topshop will deliver for them."

Sir Philip Green 'on the verge of selling Topshop'

Billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green is on the verge of selling a significant chunk of his fashion brand Topshop to US investors.

The tycoon is in talks to offload a stake of up to 25% of Topman and Topshop in a deal which values the two chains at close to £1 billion, according to sources.

Sir Philip Green is set to sell Topshop, according to sources. Credit: Press Assocation

The buyer is understood to be one of the joint owners of American clothing business J Crew.

Sir Philip, whose family ranked 17th on the 2012 Sunday Times UK rich list with an estimated £3.3 billion fortune, took over the Arcadia Group in 2002.

As well as the Topshop and Topman brands, Arcadia also includes a number of other big high street names including BHS, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge. It is understood Arcadia's other brands will not be included in the deal.

The sale is yet to be finalised, but it is understood it could be announced in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Sir Philip tonight declined to comment.