Last year, a court had ruled that MGA could no longer sell Bratz and that ownership would go to Mattel. Accordign to Here, an appeals court has overturned that decision. For now, MGA can keep the property. But a new trial may be needed to settle the case again.
A federal appeals court said Mattel Inc was wrongly granted ownership of the popular Bratz dolls, a decision that could force the Barbie doll maker to retry the case for control of the $1 billion franchise.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said on Thursday that former U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson erred in ordering MGA Entertainment Inc to transfer the Bratz portfolio, including the “Bratz” and “Jade” names, to Mattel.
Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski also threw out Larson’s injunction barring MGA from selling the pouty-lipped, multi-ethnic Bratz dolls, which were launched in 2001.
He said the entire case, which included a $100 million jury verdict in 2008 for Mattel, may require a new trial.
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