In a court memorandum that was issued in conjunction with the Second Amended Judgment, Judge Shabaz rejected each of the arguments brought by McFarlane's attorneys and also limited the payment of attorney's fees in this case to the portion of it that was given over to the unauthorized use of Gaiman's likeness, name and biography on the Angela's Hunt trade paperback. The court awarded Gaiman some $33,639.40 in legal fees as part of the judgement of $45,000. Needless to say this is only a portion of the legal cost of Gaiman's suit. Gaiman is donating the proceeds of this lawsuit to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and those proceeds will inevitably be reduced by legal costs.
As for Todd McFarlane, he has to decide if he wants to opt for another expensive round of legal confrontation. Interestingly enough, the day after Judge Shabaz handed down his decision, McFarlane posted a picture of a Miracleman resin statue on his spawn.com website (see 'McFarlane to Offer Miracleman Statue'). McFarlane could have avoided this entire imbroglio if he had granted Gaiman the rights to Miracleman in exchange for Gaiman's rights to the Spawn characters as the two had agreed in 1997. Perhaps some sort of deal is still possible, or maybe this isn't the final round.