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.
May 28, 2008 |
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.
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.
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 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.
June 27, 2012 |
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.
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.
December 20, 2008 |
MGA Entertainment Inc., maker of Bratz dolls, filed an emergency request Friday with a U.S. appeals court to stay a court order barring it from making and selling the dolls while it appeals the ruling. If MGA doesn't get a stay by Dec. 31, the Van Nuys company will suffer irreparable harm, it said in a redacted filing with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.