The bitter battle over ownership of the Bratz dolls has grown more acrimonious, with toy giant Mattel Inc. seeking a mistrial following scathing remarks made on the stand by the chief executive of rival MGA Entertainment Inc.
In his testimony this week, Isaac Larian, the colorful and outspoken head of MGA, contended that the stress from the years-long dispute with Mattel killed his father, destroyed his family and caused Bratz creator Carter Bryant to have a stroke.
Larian also said Mattel lawyer Bill Price used a racist remark during the original Bratz trial and said Mattel uses litigation to stifle competition.
In a motion filed late Wednesday, Mattel lawyers said: "All of these statements by Mr. Larian were gratuitous and volunteered; are false; and have tainted the trial proceedings such that Mattel cannot get a fair trial. In the alternative, Mattel requests that the court give the jury instructions advising the jury that all the foregoing statements are false."