A federal jury Thursday found that Bratz dolls were in fact conceived by a designer who was on Mattel's payroll. Mattel, Barbie's corporate parent, had accused Bratz maker MGA of stealing the idea. Next week, a jury will decide on damages. It could award Mattel royalties to Bratz, which bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
DEBORAH AMOS, host:
For the last word in business we bring you the verdict in the long-running battle between Barbie and her sassier rival, the Bratz doll. The battle's actually between Barbie's corporate parent, Mattel, and MGA - that's the company behind Bratz. Mattel accused MGA of stealing the idea for Bratz. And yesterday a federal jury found that Bratz were in fact conceived by a designer who was on Mattel's payroll.
Next week, a jury will decided on damages. It could award Mattel royalties to Bratz, which brings in hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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