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May 25, 2011 5:25 PM

Bratz Owner Seeks Nearly $130 Million in Legal Fees

Posted by Drew Combs

Toy company MGA Entertainment, Inc. has finally disclosed the amount in legal fees it expects rival Mattel, Inc. to pay, following a recent jury verdict that declared MGA the rightful owner of the Bratz doll line.

In a May 23rd notice to the court filed by MGA's attorneys at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the company proposes a judgment award of $129.6 million in legal fees plus $32.4 million in costs, according to this article from The National Law Journal, a sibling publication.

This disclosure follows prior demands by MGA for $177 million in punitive damages and nearly $4.3 million in restitution from Mattel. All of the demands come on the heels of a jury verdict that not only declared MGA owner of the Bratz line of dolls, but also awarded the company $88.5 million in damages from Mattel. The toy giant was found to have stolen MGA's trade secrets by planting spies at industry trade shows.

In earlier filings, MGA had redacted the amount it sought in a demand for fees racked up by its primary firms: O'Melveny & Myers, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Orrick, and Keller Rackauckas. The latter two firms took the lead for MGA in the retrial, which began on January 17 and lasted three months

While the exact amount of MGA's attorneys' fees have not been disclosed previously, MGA chairman Isaac Larian has put the figure at around $150 million, according to this story from the Associated Press.

MGA asserted in court filings that "Mattel waged war against MGA in this litigation, using every means available to a litigant to multiply the expense, burden, and business disruption," according to an earlier article from the NLJ.

The most recent series of events further demonstrates the dramatic reversal of fortune that has taken place in this hard fought litigation battle. In July 2008 a federal jury found that Mattel owned early drawings and mock-ups of the Bratz dolls because toy designer Carter Bryant was under contract with Mattel at the time the doll line was conceived. That jury also awarded Mattel $100 million.

But when that verdict was vacated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2010 a new trial became necessary. And the result of this new trial was a jury verdict on April 21 that rejected Mattel’s claims to the doll line.

A hearing on the fees, damages and proposed final judgment is scheduled for May 25 before U.S. District Judge David Carter in Santa Ana, Calif.

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