In an explosive counterclaim filed in federal district court late Monday night, MGA Entertainment Inc. fired off a new round in the Barbie vs. Bratz doll war, accusing Mattel Inc. of carrying out an elaborate corporate espionage scheme in which Mattel employees lied about their identities in order to gain access to confidential information about MGA products and those of dozens of other toy industry rivals.
MGA’s attorneys at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe accuse top Mattel executives — including general counsel Robert Normile — and attorneys for Mattel from Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy and of stealing trade secrets. Mattel, the MGA filing claims, used “false pretenses” to gain access to private showrooms set up by its competitors at industry trade shows that Mattel employees were otherwise barred from entering.
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