July 26, 2008 |
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."
July 11, 2008 |
The tiny, fake fur was flying as the Barbie-Bratz court battle wrapped up Thursday, with toy industry giant Mattel Inc. and upstart MGA Entertainment Inc. both claiming ownership of the hugely successful Bratz line of dolls. MGA, which seven years ago debuted the saucy Bratz doll, has maintained from the May 27 start of the trial that Mattel was trying to unfairly stomp out competition to its faltering Barbie empire.
June 18, 2008 |
Barbie vs. the Bratz sounds like a Saturday-morning cartoon show, but the bitter copyright infringement trial in federal court plays more like an episode of "CSI," complete with body parts. Doll body parts. As the trial over who owns the wildly successful Bratz powered through its third week in U.S.
June 13, 2008 |
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.
June 6, 2008 |
Never has the birth date of a doll been so important -- worth possibly billions of dollars. At the Barbie vs. Bratz face-off in federal court Thursday, the battle in the dueling copyright infringement lawsuits was largely over the date the phenomenally successful Bratz dolls were created. Mattel Inc. -- home of the Barbie empire -- alleges in its suit that the dolls were secretly created by one of its employees and then taken to rival MGA Entertainment Corp., which makes the Bratz line.
May 20, 2008 |
Mattel Inc. settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit with the designer of the Barbie doll's hip urban rival, Bratz. Settlement terms weren't disclosed. Mattel lawyer John Quinn and Christa Anderson, the lawyer for Bratz designer Carter Bryant, confirmed the agreement at a federal court hearing in Riverside. Mattel claimed that it had rights to the doll because Bryant conceived of the idea and worked on the design while employed by the El Segundo-based company. MGA Entertainment Inc., which makes Bratz and is also a defendant in the case, hasn't settled with Mattel.
December 23, 2006 |
MGA Entertainment Inc.'s Bratz dolls are made at a factory in southern China where workers are obliged to toil as many as 94 hours a week, labor rights advocates alleged in a report. The report by U.S.-based China Labor Watch and the National Labor Committee details allegations of harsh working conditions, especially during peak delivery months, and of violations of Chinese laws that give workers the right to work-injury and health insurance.
November 21, 2006 |
Mattel Inc. escalated the legal wrangling over Bratz dolls Monday, accusing MGA Entertainment Inc. of stealing plans for the doll line, the chief competitor to Mattel's Barbie. Saying it had uncovered new evidence, Mattel amended a lawsuit to include its rival as a defendant. The revised suit alleges that MGA stole company secrets, hired away Mattel personnel and illegally reaped millions of dollars in profit that the suit says Mattel should have gotten.
September 21, 2006 |
The maker of Bratz toys, seeking a bit more breathing room for its dolls empire, is negotiating a move to bigger digs. MGA Entertainment Inc., the dolls' creator, said Wednesday that the company was buying a 250,000-square-foot facility on a 26-acre site in Chatsworth, the former home of the L.A. Times Valley Edition, for an undisclosed sum. "It is another sign of the ambition ...
September 12, 2006 |
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.