The Bratz doll is back in business, thanks to the 9th Circuit. A panel on Thursday vacated Mattel's hard-won injunction on behalf of its Barbie doll, finding the remedy too broad. The litigation arose because Bratz's creator, Carter Bryant, worked for Mattel before decamping for the competition. The district court erred when it found Mattel's employment agreement covered the idea for Bratz, wrote Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who concluded: "America thrives on competition; Barbie, the all-American girl, will too."
In Huge Loss for Mattel, 9th Circuit Sides With Bratz Over Barbie
July 23, 2010