MGA's Bratz Antitrust Suit Nixed In Mattel Battle

Law360, San Diego (October 20, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed MGA Entertainment Inc.’s case alleging Mattel Inc. broke antitrust laws in pursuing claims that a former employee stole the idea for MGA’s Bratz dolls, finding the allegations could have been raised in an earlier lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge David Carter dismissed MGA’s suit against Mattel and its chief executive officer, Robert Eckert, without prejudice after determining that the suit was barred by the principle of res judicata. The complaint alleged that the defendants used anti-competitive schemes — referred to...
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