9th Circ. Vacates MGA's $172M Damages Win In Bratz Fight

Law360, Los Angeles (January 24, 2013, 6:54 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday threw out a jury's $172 million damages award for MGA Entertainment Inc. in its Bratz doll copyright battle against rival Mattel Inc. and a former employee, saying MGA’s trade secret counterclaim wasn’t compulsory and “should not have reached a jury.”

But the three-judge appeals panel affirmed the jury's award of $137.2 million in attorneys' costs and fees for MGA for its successful defense of copyright claims brought by Mattel in 2004. Thus, the Ninth Circuit gave MGA and Mattel each a...
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