Spice Girls in Court

What do the Spice Girls really, really want? Profits from T-shirt sales would be nice. Spice Girls Ltd., the licensing agent for the popular British music group, this week sued Polygram Merchandising Inc. and another distributor, asking for at least $100,000 in compensation for shirts it says the companies sold without authorization. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, says Polygram Merchandising and the Troy, Mich.-based Trevco Sportswear made and sold T-shirts with the images of the four Spice Girls. Sales of authorized Spice Girls merchandise totaled $150 million over the past year, including $25 million from clothing, the licensing agent said.

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