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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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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."
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September 12, 2006 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
MGA Entertainment Inc., the maker of puffy-lip Bratz dolls, is getting ready to add toys for its main customers' younger siblings. The Van Nuys-based doll and electronics company said Monday that it was buying Little Tikes -- the maker of plastic toddler outdoor sets, toy cars and play kitchens -- for an undisclosed sum from Newell Rubbermaid. MGA said it expected the deal to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
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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.
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June 13, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Bratz creator Carter Bryant testified Thursday that he drew up some plans for the dolls while he was working at Mattel Inc. as a designer of fashions, hairstyles and makeup for its Barbie line -- and that he used some Ken boots to put together a Bratz mock-up. The testimony at a copyright infringement trial in Riverside could bolster Mattel's claim that it owns a stake in Bratz, which are phenomenally popular with young girls. Bryant left Mattel for MGA Entertainment Inc.
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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.
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December 22, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
When a toy designer's young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: "There has got to be a toy in here somewhere," says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran. The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn.
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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.
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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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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.
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