The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a district court judge's ruling that granted ownership of the Bratz fashion doll property to Mattel, which had ordered MGA Entertainment to stop selling the dolls. The decision could result in a new trial.
The long court battle between the two companies began in August 2008, when MGA's founder and chief executive officer Isaac Larian and the company's Hong Kong subsidiary were found liable for copyright infringement of the Bratz doll line.
In April 2009, a federal judge sustained the $100 million jury verdict giving Mattel ownership of Bratz, but in December the appeals court suspended the order.
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