Mattel To Pay MGA $310M In Bratz Trade Secrets Battle

By Roxanne Palmer (August 4, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday ordered Mattel Inc. to pay nearly $310 million for stealing MGA Entertainment Inc.'s trade secrets in a long-running fight over whether an MGA designer created the idea for the popular Bratz doll while working for Mattel.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter reduced a jury's $88.5 million damages award to $85 million because of a duplication error, then tacked on another $85 million in exemplary damages, and granted MGA's request for an additional $139.9 million for attorneys' fees and costs.

Mattel's copyright suit "imperiled free expression, competition and the only serious competitor Mattel had faced...

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