April 8, 2014 |
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
January 13, 2014 |
The feud between fashion doll giants MGA Entertainment Inc. and Mattel Inc. got another infusion of legal juice on Monday, when Bratz maker MGA sued Mattel over allegations that the Barbie maker filched trade secrets at toy industry conventions. Van Nuys-based MGA accuses Mattel of sending corporate spies armed with fake business cards and a “how to steal” manual into private MGA showrooms from 1992 through at least 2009. There, the agents pilfered MGA price lists, advertising plans and covert product attributes, giving El Segundo-based Mattel “an unfair and illegal advantage in the market” and costing MGA “tens of millions of dollars in damages,” according to MGA's complaint.
August 8, 2007 |
Mattel Inc. identified the Chinese vendor that made nearly 1 million Fisher-Price toys that were recalled last week because they might contain lead. El Segundo-based Mattel said Lee Der Industrial Co. in Guangdong province made the 967,000 toys sold in the U.S. between May and this month. Mattel last week recalled the plastic preschool toys, including popular Big Bird, Elmo and Dora characters, because they were made with paint found to have excessive amounts of lead.
August 21, 2007 |
A lawyer filed a suit against Mattel Inc. because of recent recalls of toys made in China that might have contained excessive amounts of lead paint, and he is seeking class-action status. Jeffrey Killino said the suit filed in Los Angeles was aimed at forcing the El Segundo-based toy maker to pay for the testing of children who might have gotten lead poisoning from the toys. Mattel declined to comment on the case.
January 19, 2006 |
Mattel Inc. and federal officials warned consumers Wednesday to obtain a free repair kit before using the company's Laugh and Learn Musical Learning Chair, which may cause strangulation. About 614,000 of the chairs were sold since May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. It plays music and teaches numbers and letters. A child's neck can become trapped between the seat back and attached side table.