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ORANGE COUNTY BRIEFLY

Plans for Doll Halted

May 23, 1997|(Greg Johnson)

SANTA ANA — A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits a local retailer from reproducing a doll that was popular during the waning days of World War II.

U.S. District Court Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler on Tuesday prohibited Anaheim-based doll store operator Dale Noble from using the doll's name or fulfilling his plan to make copies of the dolls that were last manufactured in the 1960s.

The lawsuit, filed by surviving family members of the woman who created the "Terri Lee" dolls, claims that Noble was infringing upon the family's copyrights. Family members want Stotler to prohibit Noble from producing a 50th-anniversary edition of the dolls that, collectors say, were a forerunner to Barbie dolls.

No trial date has been set for the suit, said attorney Linda J. Zadra-Symes, who represents the family of Violet Lee Gradwohl, who created the dolls.

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