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Mattel loses battle over popular Bratz dolls

A jury said toymaker giant Mattel must pay MGA $88.4 million for misappropriation of its trade secrets by the Barbie-maker.

April 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Toymaker giant Mattel has lost its battle over the popular Bratz dolls. A federal court jury awarded MGA $88.4 million for misappropriation of its trade secrets by the Barbie-maker.

In a verdict read on Thursday morning, a Santa Ana jury found that Mattel does not own the idea for Bratz or any sketches that led to the doll and said MGA had proven that Mattel acted willfully and maliciously in misappropriating the secrets.

The panel also found that MGA did not steal any trade secrets when it created the pouty, hip-hop inspired doll.

Mattel sued MGA for copyright infringement, claiming the Bratz designer created the dolls while he worked at Mattel.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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