BRATZ/BARBIE: Companies ordered to talk

Federal judge orders chiefs of Mattel and MGA into talks aimed at settling copyright dispute.
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In the order, U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson stayed the case until September 19th to allow the two companies to work out how much in damages MGA owes and which company has rights to the $1 billion-plus doll franchise.

The judge ordered the companies' chiefs "to make themselves available, at a mutually agreement time," to meet with their legal teams and a mediator "to discuss a global resolution of the matter."

A jury in California recently gave Mattel the majority of the original drawings the first Bratz dolls were based on and up to $100 million in damages and lost profits.

MGA has argued that it can still sell the dolls as the damages relating to its infringement was just $10 million and the jury asked if it could find that only the first generation of dolls infringed. MGA also contends the damages amount should be reduced.

Mattel said in a court filing, however, that the court clerk received an email from a juror who confirmed that the panel "intended to award Mattel total damages of more than $100 million."

At trial, Mattel had asked the jury to award it more than $2 billion in damages and lost profits, plus punitive damages.

Source: Reuters

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