MGA withdraws $10m Lady Gaga lawsuit

The doll maker looks to settle out of court with the singer.
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The court battle between Lady Gaga and MGA Entertainment could soon be over after the pair made steps towards an out of court settlement. 

In court last week MGA filed a document which said it was withdrawing its motion “in view of the progress which the parties have made towards settlement, and in order to afford the parties the opportunity to focus their efforts on further pursuit of settlement in the upcoming days.”

MGA had taken the pop star to court seeking $10 million in damages after her team allegedly stalled production of a Lady Gaga licensed doll line by making “intentional and deliberate delays” during the approvals process.

The conflict arose when Lady Gaga asked to have a voice chip removed from the dolls, a move which MGA said would push the release of the toys past they key Christmas selling period. 

MGA then saw an emergency court motion requesting to force Lady Gaga's team to approve the doll designs denied.

The court heard that licensing company Bravado had told MGA CEO Tom Bennett that Lady Gaga had intended to delay production and shipping of the dolls to co-incide with the release of her new album in 2013.

MGA also said in its complaint that Gaga’s wanted to instead focus their efforts on selling the star’s new licensed perfume called Fame.

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