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April 9, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
After nearly three months of courtroom testimony, the bitter dispute between toy giant Mattel Inc. and rival MGA Entertainment Inc. over ownership of the sassy Bratz doll line was sent to a jury for deliberations. A verdict could come as soon as next week. The jury heard final arguments in the copyright infringement case in federal court in Santa Ana on Friday in front of a packed courtroom that included the chief executives of both companies. A major point of contention centers on when and where Bratz creator and former Barbie designer Carter Bryant came up with the idea for the wildly popular multi-ethnic dolls known for their oversized heads, pouty lips and risque clothing.
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February 11, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
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...
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January 18, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
It's the Battle of the Bratz, the sequel. Bitter toy rivals Mattel Inc. and MGA Entertainment Inc. were back in court Tuesday to renew their years-long battle over who owns the billion-dollar Bratz, the sexy-with-an-attitude dolls that debuted a decade ago and deeply cut into Mattel's Barbie empire. During the first trial in 2008, a jury in Riverside found that Bratz inventor and former Barbie designer Carter Bryant was in Mattel's employ when he developed the concept for the immensely popular dolls.
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January 12, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A former Mattel Inc. employee pleaded guilty to copying confidential company documents and records after he had accepted a job at rival toy maker MGA Entertainment Inc. and was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. As part of a plea agreement, Jorge Castilla, 34, will be placed on probation for three years, spend 30 days in county jail or serve 120 hours of structured community service, turn over all Mattel property in his possession and be required to pay restitution of $21,284.
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January 4, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Toy giant Mattel Inc. can't pursue copyright infringement claims against rival MGA Entertainment Inc.'s sexy Bratz dolls other than the original four and two later models, a federal judge ruled. In the prolonged fight over the ownership rights to the billion-dollar Bratz doll empire, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter on Dec. 27 granted a motion by Van Nuys-based MGA to prevent Mattel from seeking infringement damages over subsequent versions of the dolls, with the exception of two: Formal Funk Dana and Ooh La La Cloe.
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September 18, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The outfits are less sexy, the makeup and hair a bit more demure and the heels not as sky-high, but the saucy Bratz dolls are strutting their way back onto toy shelves. During the last few years, a legal tug of war between Bratz maker MGA Entertainment Inc. and rival toy company Mattel Inc. over the ownership rights to the dolls left the brand crippled. After a trial jury ruled in Mattel's favor, the wildly successful dolls all but disappeared from stores as MGA pulled back on manufacturing and retailers kept their distance.
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July 22, 2010 | Reuters
A federal appeals court on Thursday said Mattel Inc was wrongly granted ownership of the Bratz doll franchise, a decision that could lead to a new trial in the long-running case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco threw out a district court judge's injunction prohibiting rival toymaker MGA Entertainment from producing or marketing Bratz female fashion dolls, and dolls substantially similar to Mattel's copyrighted Bratz works. It also said the judge erred in imposing a constructive trust on trademarks, including "Bratz" and "Jade," that essentially transferred the Bratz trademark portfolio to Mattel.
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July 22, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Toy giant Mattel Inc. can't claim a monopoly over dolls with a bratty attitude, and the rival company that developed the Bratz line deserves its fair share of the dolls' success, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision reversed the copyright victory scored two years ago in the battle over who owns the billion-dollar Bratz — Mattel, which employed the inventor while he did early development of the pouty plastic figures, or MGA Entertainment Inc., which later hired him and went on to produce the brand.
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March 12, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
MGA Entertainment Inc., the maker of Bratz dolls and other toys, may sell shares in an initial public offering, Chief Executive Isaac Larian said Thursday. But plans to go public are still far off, with Larian saying in an e-mail from Italy that it would happen "eventually." "It will be a few years before we can rebuild our company," he said. Van Nuys-based MGA makes toys, games, consumer electronics, home decor, stationery and sporting goods. Its toys include Little Tikes, Moxie Girlz and Rescue Pets, but the company is best known for its sexily dressed Bratz dolls, which are at the center of a bitter copyright dispute between MGA and toy giant Mattel Inc. Gerrick Johnson, a toy analyst at BMO Capital Markets, said he thought a public offering would be well-received by the investment community and would help MGA gain access to capital as it looks to expand its product lines.
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December 10, 2009
MGA Entertainment Inc. has won a stay of the court-ordered recall of its Bratz dolls that were found to infringe the copyrights of rival toy maker Mattel Inc. "The equitable relief granted by the District Court is stayed pending further order of this court," a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals said in an order Thursday following oral arguments in Pasadena on MGA's appeal of the trial verdict. "The parties are ordered to attempt to settle the dispute through expedited participation in this court's mediation program," the court added.
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