Ninth Circuit Affirms Largest Copyright Fee Award Against Mattel

Ninth Circuit Affirms Largest Copyright Fee Award Against Mattel 
VAN NUYS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 --  Bratz doll maker, MGA
Entertainment, Inc., prevailed again in the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals today when the high court found that a federal district court
properly awarded MGA more than $137 million in attorney's fees and
costs as a result of defending itself for years against Mattel's
baseless claim to the Bratz dolls.  
"We are gratified that the Ninth Circuit affirmed the largest fee and
cost award in a copyright infringement case in U.S. history and
continued to hold Mattel liable for pursing its frivolous claims
against us," MGA CEO Isaac Larian said.  
The Ninth Circuit also refused Mattel's request to dismiss with
prejudice MGA's counterclaim against Mattel for its illegal,
corporate-sponsored espionage. On a purely technical issue and having
nothing to do with the merits of the claims, the Ninth Circuit found
that MGA's trade secrets claim should not have been tried in the same
case as Mattel's copyright claim. The Court's ruling allows MGA to
bring its trade secrets claim in a new action. The first jury awarded
MGA $85 million for Mattel's theft, which was doubled by the court in
punitive damages for Mattel's willful and deliberate campaign of
espionage.  
"We remain thankful for all of the hard work done by the first jury
and Judge Carter and we are confident that when the second jury hears
about Mattel's sneaking into our showrooms and egregious theft of
scores of our secrets over the years, they will be even more appalled
than the first jury and award MGA even greater damages," Larian said. 
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