Mattel loses Bratz copyright case

Toy manufacturer Mattel has lost a legal battle against rival MGA, which has been found to be the correct owner of the intellectual property for doll brand Bratz.

After seven years of legalities between the two companies, Mattel has lost its claim that the designs for the Bratz line of dolls had been stolen by MGA when it poached a key employee, designer Carter Bryant.

The decision took a jury eight days to deliberate and will result in Mattel paying MGA $89 million for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Last year, a federal appeals court overturned a decision in Mattel’s favour after a jury in California awarded the toy maker $100 million in damages.

Mattel had previously sought as much as $1 billion in damages.

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