Larson on Dec. 3 ruled that MGA couldn’t make or sell the infringing dolls. He later modified the order, saying retailers would be allowed to buy the spring and fall lines from MGA through Dec. 31, or from either Mattel or a court-appointed receiver if he awards them the rights to the infringing Bratz products.
A federal jury in Riverside, California, found last year that some of the pouty and multiethnic Bratz dolls closely held MGA started selling in 2001 were substantially similar to the drawings of a former Barbie-doll designer for Mattel.
The jury also found that designer Carter Bryant made the sketches while he was at Mattel in 1999 and 2000.
Nine-year-old Ashley Gibbs of Cumming, Georgia, is a fan of the edgy dolls, so it came as an unpleasant surprise that they would soon leave store shelves.
“Ever, ever, ever?” she asked her mother, Kathryn Adams, after Adams said stores weren’t going to sell Bratz after the end of this year.
But after a moment of reflection, Ashley seemed relieved. “Good [thing] I have lots.”
Ashley didn’t know it, but Bratz are the target of allegations that their creator came up with the concept when he was working for Mattel, the maker of Bratz rival Barbie.
GMAC Mortgage lays off employees. Employees allegedly don’t return letterhead, envelopes, customer info, etc., and send out solicitations. GMAC sues for, among other things, trademark infringement.
Businesspundit.com: “Kate Hudson Gets Sued for Stealing Product Information“:
“Fool’s Gold” star Kate Hudson has been sued by a firm that says hair care products she developed with hair stylist-to-the-stars David Babaii are based on ideas for using volcanic ash that the firm developed.
WSJ Law Blog: “Prior to Bratz v Barlie Litigation, Designer Scrambled Hard Drive“:
Bryant’s actions, writes the WSJ, could damage MGA’s defense, which hinges on the credibility of Bryant’s claim that he created the doll before returning to Mattel. “Who goes out and buys a program called ‘Evidence Eliminator’?” asked District Judge Stephen G. Larson, who called Bryant’s actions “really powerful impeachment evidence.”
The Register: “Apple Mugs Think Secret“:
“Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret’s publisher, said ‘I’m pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.’”
Wired: “Amateur Programming Error Exposes Facebook Code“:
“Owing to a misconfigured server, Facebook exposed its homepage code to what the company called “a handful of users” over the weekend. The leaked code was promptly posted on a new blog, Facebook Secrets, for all of the internet to see.
One group that should be quite happy with the leak is ConnectU, the company currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Facebook which alleges that the latter stole code from the former. If the alleged code happened to be on Facebook’s front page, ConnectU’s case just got a whole lot stronger, though ConnectU hasn’t said anything to that effect.”
UPDATE: Wired: “Facebook DMCA Notices Silence Digg and Google.”