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July 26, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
There's big trouble in the dollhouse. One of the jurors in the Barbie vs. Bratz trial -- in which toy giant Mattel Inc. already has scored a major victory over rival MGA Entertainment Inc. -- was removed Friday for making slurs about the ethnicity of Isaac Larian, the Iranian-born chief executive of MGA. A court order said the juror remarks characterized Iranians as "stubborn, rude" and as "thieves" who have "stolen other person's ideas."
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.
June 27, 2012 | By Shahrzad Elghanayan
Imagine where the U.S. economy would be today if John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie or any of the magnates who helped turn America into an industrialized society had been gunned down by a revolutionary firing squad. In 1979, that is what happened in Iran to my grandfather, Habib Elghanian, Iran's most prominent Jewish industrialist and philanthropist. My grandfather's execution was not only a personal loss but a turning point for Iran. His execution and the subsequent fleeing of businessmen from Iran contributed to derailing the country's chances of building a modern, diversified, export-based economy, and foreshadowed Iran's neglect of its most valuable resource: its people.
November 11, 2008 | David Colker, Colker is a Times staff writer
The Barbie vs. Bratz case was back in federal court Monday, and it was clear Barbie-maker Mattel wanted all the dolls in the toy box. Based on a trial victory in July, Mattel Inc. asked the court not only to stop MGA Entertainment Inc. from making the sassy Bratz, but also to require the Van Nuys company to turn over all its dolls, including those already in stores. Mattel, which won the rights to early drawings of the rival doll after weeks of contentious testimony, even wants the Bratz name.
December 5, 2008 | David Colker and Tiffany Hsu, Colker and Hsu are Times staff writers.
Day One: Bratz held hostage. The fate of the hugely popular dolls -- either beloved fashionistas or streetwalkers-in-training, depending on whom you talk to -- was unclear Thursday in the wake of a federal court order that handed the rights to the dolls and the Bratz name to the biggest toy maker of them all: Mattel Inc. Also in limbo was the fate of MGA Entertainment Inc.
November 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold. But now the curtain is falling on "princess movies," which have been a part of Disney Animation's heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, "Snow White. " The studio's Wednesday release of "Tangled," a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney's animation group for the foreseeable future. "Films and genres do run a course," said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation.
August 5, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The Barbie vs. Bratz fight in federal court will go on. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson in Riverside on Monday denied a motion to declare a mistrial sought by the maker of the lucrative Bratz doll, MGA Entertainment Inc., because of a juror's ethnic slur. The jury already had found that MGA and its chief executive, Iranian-born Isaac Larian, had improperly aided a Mattel Inc. Barbie designer who created the concept in violation of his Mattel contract.
July 18, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
In the battle of the doll makers, the house that Barbie built won a sweeping court victory Thursday, accessories and all. A federal jury found that a Mattel Inc. designer created the lucrative Bratz doll concept while he worked at Mattel under an exclusivity contract. It was a scathing defeat for MGA Entertainment Inc., which introduced the dolls -- known for big heads, pouty lips and bare-midriff outfits -- in 2001.
December 4, 2003 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
The maker of Bratz dolls -- the most successful girls' fashion toy since Barbie was born more than 40 years ago -- is launching a younger girls' line to challenge Mattel Inc.'s legendary bombshell. North Hills-based MGA Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday that 4Ever Best Friends, a pair of pre-adolescent fashion dolls that hold hands and come in more than 250 variations, would be available in limited quantities at Toys R Us and Wal-Mart stores before Christmas.
May 28, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
It was tastefully attired Barbie vs. streetwise Bratz in federal court in Riverside on Tuesday as trial began in Mattel Inc.'s lawsuit against a rival doll maker. The big questions in the copyright infringement case: Exactly when was the Bratz franchise conceived? And was it in Barbie's own house? Mattel, the El Segundo-based owner of the Barbie empire, alleges in its suit against MGA Entertainment Inc.
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