June 12, 2009 |
A federal appeals court has ruled that MGA Entertainment Inc. must continue transitioning its Bratz fashion doll line to Mattel Inc. despite a pending appeal. A federal judge ordered MGA last month to transition its Bratz doll line to Mattel by spring 2010. A jury found MGA liable last year for copyright infringement and breach of contract. The order also said MGA could continue to market Bratz dolls until the end of 2009 with the oversight of a federally appointed monitor.
May 23, 2009 |
The temporary receiver put in place to oversee MGA Entertainment Inc. has been removed by the federal judge who put him there last month, making company founder Isaac Larian again the sole head of the toy-making outfit. But it's a diminished kingdom. The order issued late Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Larson did not alter the fact that Van Nuys-based MGA has to give up by far its most prominent product line -- the Bratz dolls it introduced in 2001.
April 28, 2009 |
Isaac Larian, the outspoken entrepreneur who made a fortune off the popular Bratz dolls, was ordered by a federal court judge late Monday to hand control of his company to a temporary receiver. In addition, MGA Entertainment Inc., based in Van Nuys, can no longer produce or distribute the sassy dolls. That's because U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Larson in Riverside also lifted his stay of an order giving archrival Mattel Inc. control of the Bratz assets.
November 8, 2008 |
MGA Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Isaac Larian said the maker of Bratz dolls cut 70 jobs because of "high legal fees" incurred in its lawsuit with Mattel Inc. The Van Nuys toy maker has 1,600 employees. Closely held MGA and El Segundo-based Mattel, the maker of Barbie, are in a dispute over the creation of the Bratz dolls.
September 11, 2008 |
Legal fees from the court dispute pitting Mattel Inc. against MGA Entertainment Inc. over the Bratz doll line have eclipsed $90 million. Van Nuys-based MGA has accumulated $63 million in legal bills since El Segundo-based Mattel filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against it in 2004, and Mattel has racked up about $30 million in the first half of this year, according to court records and financial disclosures.
August 28, 2008 |
The federal jury award in the legal battle between Mattel Inc. and MGA Entertainment Inc. left a key issue unresolved: Can MGA continue to market the popular Bratz doll line? Mattel attorneys said they intended to file an injunction to stop MGA from making more Bratz dolls in the wake of Tuesday's verdict, which held MGA, Chief Executive Isaac Larian and subsidiary MGA Hong Kong liable for copyright infringement and awarded $10 million in damages. The panel also awarded Mattel about $90 million for three causes of action related to breach of contract.
August 27, 2008 |
Mattel won the big battles in the Barbie vs. Bratz trial, but it may have lost the financial war. A jury in federal court Tuesday awarded Mattel Inc. as much as $100 million in a copyright infringement case against MGA Entertainment Inc., which brought out the hugely popular Bratz dolls in 2001. But that's about 5.5% of the $1.8 billion that Mattel asked of the jury. "MGA wins on this one, big time," said Margaret Whitfield, an analyst with Sterne Agee & Leach. "That amount maybe just covers Mattel's legal expenses, with a little left over."
July 2, 2008 |
The mother of Bratz designer Carter Bryant said her son showed her the original sketches for MGA Entertainment Inc.'s pouty, multiethnic fashion dolls in 1998, when he was living in Missouri and not working for Mattel Inc. Janet Bryant's videotaped testimony was shown in federal court in Riverside, where a jury will be asked to decide when Carter Bryant, a former Mattel Barbie designer, made the original Bratz drawings. If Mattel can prove he made the drawings while he worked there, the toy maker can seek hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from MGA.
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.
February 13, 2008 |
Ubisoft Entertainment, Europe's second-biggest maker of video games, won a $13.2-million judgment against Van Nuys-based toy maker MGA Entertainment Inc. in a contract dispute over Bratz dolls. The award was reached through national arbitration and confirmed by Los Angeles County Superior Court, France-based Ubisoft said. The two companies sued each other in federal court after a 2002 licensing agreement to make video games based on MGA's Bratz dolls fell apart.