December 22, 2012 |
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.
April 14, 2005 |
Mattel Inc.'s chairman and chief executive, Robert A. Eckert, received $3.6 million in compensation for 2004, excluding stock options, compared with about $12.85 million in 2003. The 2004 figure includes a salary of $1.25 million, a bonus of $984,344 and $1.23 million to cover taxes on a loan forgiven by the company in 2004, according to a regulatory filing.
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.
April 26, 2008 |
Mattel Inc. on Friday won a judge's permission to proceed with copyright-infringement claims against MGA Entertainment Inc. and Carter Bryant, the designer of MGA's Bratz dolls. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson, in an order filed in Riverside, agreed that Mattel's 1999 agreement with Bryant, a former employee, wasn't ambiguous and that the company could claim rights to work he did while at Mattel. "The inventions agreement explicitly conveys to Mattel an employee's interest in any copyrights or copyright applications," Larson said in his ruling.
April 19, 2007 |
Cyberspace has become the new front line in the battle between Mattel Inc.'s Barbie dolls and MGA Entertainment's Bratz collection. Mattel on Tuesday launched a test run of BarbieGirls.com, an online community where girls can create their own Barbie dolls and interact with one another in a manner reminiscent of Second Life, a virtual world for adults that boasts more than 2 million users.
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.
October 22, 2002 |
Mattel Inc.'s Rapunzel Barbie doll is expected to be the bestselling toy this holiday season as girls nationwide return to choosing dolls as a plaything of choice. The prediction is based on a survey of retailers to be released today by PlayDate Inc., a New York marketing services firm. Retailers say the doll, which is already on store shelves, is popular for her long hair and starring role in an animated video version of the classic "Rapunzel" fairy tale.
August 31, 2004 |
A former Barbie doll designer who was sued by toy maker Mattel Inc. for allegedly working for a competitor while still employed by Mattel has fired back with his own lawsuit. According to the latest suit, Carter Bryant worked in the 1990s designing fashions and hairstyles for Barbie and related dolls. He left the company for a period of several months in 1998 and conceived what eventually became a competing doll line called Bratz.
January 8, 2009 |
MGA Entertainment Inc.'s Bratz dolls, which were found to infringe Mattel Inc.'s copyrights, can be sold this year, a federal judge ruled, modifying a decision that could have resulted in an earlier ban. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson in Riverside ruled Wednesday that retailers would be allowed to buy the spring and fall lines of the pouty, multiethnic dolls from MGA until Dec. 31, or from either Mattel or a court-appointed receiver if he awards them rights to the infringing Bratz products.
July 24, 2008 |
The maker of Bratz dolls has asked a judge to block testimony from an expert witness expected to claim that Mattel Inc. is owed about $1.6 billion in lost profit and other damages from the popular dolls, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. MGA Entertainment Inc. filed the motion after a federal jury ruled last week that the designer of MGA's Bratz characters conceived the idea for the dolls while working for Mattel.