Mattel wins Bratz doll copyright infringement ruling.
If you're a mom who hates those trampy Bratz dolls, your lucky day has arrived.
The world's biggest toymaker, responsible for beloved Barbie, won a court order that bans MGA Entertainment, Inc., the manufacturer of the Bratz doll line, from making or selling any more dolls. The verdict, however, won't be put into effect until after the holiday season.
Apparently, a Mattel designer came up with the Bratz name and characters when employed at the company and then secretly took the idea to MGA.
"Mattel has established its exclusive rights to the Bratz drawings, and the court has found that hundreds of the MGA parties' products, including all the currently available core female fashion dolls Mattel was able to locate in the marketplace, infringe those rights," U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson said in his ruling.
The judge also granted Mattel's request to order MGA not to use the name "Bratz." Mattel was awarded $100 million in damages. MGA plans to appeal.
Last year, when the Mattel lawsuit saw its first days in court, momlogic weighed the odds of who would win in a battle between Barbies and Bratz: