Court upholds Mattel appeal in latest Bratz battle

US court throws out a jury verdict worth more than $80 million against Mattel in ongoing dispute with MGA.
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A US appeal court threw a jury verdict worth more than $80 million against toy giant Mattel on January 24th.

The sum was to be paid to MGA Entertainment following trade secret infringement claims relating to Bratz dolls.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco also cancelled an additional $85 million in enhanced damages, imposed by a lower court judge, against Mattel.

The court kept in place more than $100 million in attorney's fees won by MGA.

Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz said the company has taken a reserve to cover the attorney's fees, and it is confident that MGA will not be able to reassert its trade secret claims due to the statute of limitations.

It’s the latest turn of events in a long-running court battle between the two toy makers.


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