Lady Gaga Wins Round 1 in Bratz War
Judge won't order her to approve dolls in her likeness
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2012 8:54 AM CDT
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Sungshan airport in Taipei, Taiwan.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

(Newser) – Bad news, parents: This Christmas, you will probably not be able to put a Lady Gaga Bratz doll under the tree for your little one. A judge sided with Gaga in a dispute with MGA Entertainment, which makes the popular dolls, the New York Daily News reports. MGA says it dreamed up a Lady Gaga doll and paid Universal Music Group’s merchandising company $1 million, after being assured Gaga and her people approved of the dolls. But neither Universal nor Gaga ever gave final approval, so MGA filed a $10 million lawsuit.

MGA asked the court to demand that final approval be given—the company says it needs to move forward now in order to prep prototypes in time—but the judge refused to issue the order. He said he would consider the request again next month, but MGA lawyers say by then it may be too late to manufacture the dolls in time for the holiday shopping season. “Lady Gaga is pleased” with the court’s decision, says her spokesperson.
 

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