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Litigation over the Bratz doll ain’t over yet. The last time we checked in on the big-headed doll controversy, Mattel had won a sweeping injunction against MGA Entertainment in a copyright suit that effectively forced MGA to shut down its Bratz business. The injunction followed a jury’s award of $100 million to Mattel. You’ll recall in that case Mattel had alleged that the Bratz doll creator — Carter Bryant — had originally conceived of the idea when he was an employee of Mattel, before he went to work at MGA. Now enters artist Bernard Belair, whose lawyers at Dickstein Shapiro have filed a copyright suit against both MGA and Mattel alleging that the Bratz dolls infringe Belair’s copyrights. According to the suit filed in the Southern District of New York [hat tip: Courthouse News], Belair first learned about the alleged infringement last year by reading news reports about MGA-Mattel trial. There Bryant testified that his inspiration for the Bratz doll stemmed from Steve Madden shoe advertisements he saw in Seventeen magazine. Belair, an artist and a photographer from Brooklyn, claims that he is the creator and copyright owner of the images used in those Steve Madden ads, which his lawyers describe as creatures with “large heads, large oval eyes, small bodies and larger feet.” The Dickstein lawyers allege that Bryan’s sketches for the Bratz dolls were based on Belair’s images. In addition to suing MGA for copyright infringement, Belair is also suing Mattel because it was enriched by the litigation with MGA. MGA declined to comment. Mattel, which will be represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in the suit, had not been served and had no comment. Dickstein attorneys Gerard Haddad and Jennifer BianRosa filed the complaint for Belair. This article first appeared on The Am Law Litigation Daily blog on AmericanLawyer.com.

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