Lawyers for the Bratz doll maker MGA Entertainment Inc. filed an appeal on Thursday, once again seeking a mistrial in the copyright infringement trial pitting MGA against fellow toy company Mattel Inc.

The mistrial appeal — which comes in the form of a petition for a writ of mandamus — was filed by MGA’s appellate counsel at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin. It comes after Riverside federal district court Judge Stephen Larson on Monday denied MGA’s motion for a mistrial, which was based on ethnically charged remarks by one juror concerning MGA’s Iranian-born president. The mistrial motion came as the trial entered the damages phase, which could see MGA take a $1 billion hit.

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