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Mattel avoids most recent lawsuit from MGA

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Mattel has won the dismissal of a MGA Entertainment lawsuit that accused the company of antitrust violations regarding Bratz dolls, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. District Judge David Carter of Santa Ana, California said in the ruling that the claims put forth by MGA against Mattel should have been made in prior lawsuits. Carter initially said that it was feasible for MGA to claim anticompetitive conduct.

Filed in February, MGA's complaint requested $1 billion in damages, accusing Mattel and CEO Robert Eckert of a "litigate MGA to death" strategy, the news source states.

In April, a jury found that MGA was in fact the rightful owner of the billion dollar line of Bratz dolls, Huffington Post stated.

Following the ruling, MGA CEO Isaac Larian said the lawsuit has been a struggle for both his company and their families.

"It very well shows that in America, even huge corporations are not above the law," Larian told Reuters.

While the most recent allegation from MGA against Mattel was dismissed, Mattel is not out of the woods yet and may benefit from general liability insurance as a result of its copyright infringement.

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