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Mattel suit over Bratz is settled

May 20, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Mattel Inc. settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit with the designer of the Barbie doll's hip urban rival, Bratz.

Settlement terms weren't disclosed. Mattel lawyer John Quinn and Christa Anderson, the lawyer for Bratz designer Carter Bryant, confirmed the agreement at a federal court hearing in Riverside.

Mattel claimed that it had rights to the doll because Bryant conceived of the idea and worked on the design while employed by the El Segundo-based company.

MGA Entertainment Inc., which makes Bratz and is also a defendant in the case, hasn't settled with Mattel.

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