Bratz Dolls Must Pay Barbie $100M in Copyright Suit

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 6:39 PM CDT
Bratz Forever Diamondz dolls.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barbie will get $100 million from her saucier cousins, the Bratz dolls, for copyright infringement, the AP reports. A federal jury ordered Bratz maker MGA to pay Mattel the sum, but it did not award punitive damages and gave Mattel only a fraction of what it sought. Last month, the jury sided with Mattel in deciding that the Bratz designer concocted the idea while working at the larger company.

“This jury found there was no guilt,” said MGA's CEO after today's ruling. He plans to get it reduced to about $40 million. The decision hinged on how much of MGA’s $1 billion in profit stemmed from the original transgression. The jurors decided that only the first 4 Bratz dolls should be considered; more than 40 now exist, along with their ever-popular accessories.