In Bratz spat, a small ray of hope for Mattel rival MGA Entert...
Riverside, California - The judge that ordered MGA Entertainment Inc.'s Bratz dolls be removed from store shelves by February 11th has extended the deadline through to the end of 2009, due to "the clear importance of the Bratz line to MGA's financial health."
Judge Stephen G. Larson, who has on several occasions expressed worry that retailers could be adversely affected by the case, gave MGA a glimmer of hope. He wrote in an order Tuesday that the company had convinced him that "a modification" might be made "to address the concerns regarding the 2009 retail buying season."
MGA was found to have engaged in copyright infringement in creating the toys, whose designer was said to have constructed the Bratz concept while employed with Barbie creator Mattel.
Mattel has asked that a receiver be appointed to monitor the financial dealings of MGA.