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The toy company that makes Beanie Babies broke no trademark laws by selling a stuffed camel similar to one first created by another company, a federal court jury ruled Wednesday. The verdict for Westmont, Ill.-based Ty Inc. came seven years after a small Georgia toy company, Peaceable Planet, introduced a stuffed camel named “Niles.” Ty started selling its Beanie Babies camel with the same name a year later. The jury also found that Ty did not engage in false advertising. Peaceable Planet had sought $20 million in damages from Ty, which has since retired its Niles. Attorneys for Ty argued that Peaceable Planet didn’t sell enough of its camels in the first year to establish trademark rights. “We thought this was a frivolous case from the beginning,” James P. White, an attorney for Ty, said in a statement. Officials at Savannah, Ga.-based Peaceable Planet did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday. It was the latest court battle over sales of the popular plush Beanie Babies, which sparked a collectors craze in the 1990s. In 2000, California-based Softbelly’s was ordered to pay Ty more than $700,000 for violating trademark infringement rights because it marketed a plush toy used to clean computer monitors called “Screenie Beanies.” Ty was later ordered to forfeit the money after a federal judge ruled that company owner H. Ty Warner tampered with a witness in the case. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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