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Case Style: Carter Bryant v. Mattel, Inc.
Case Number: 2:04-cv-09049-SGL-RNB
Judge: Stephen G. Larson
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California, Riverside County
Plaintiff's Attorney: Christa M Anderson, Keker and Van Nest, San Francisco, California for Carter Bryant
Tom Nolan, Lauren E Aguiar and Marina Vladimir Bogorad, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Los Angeles, California and Melanie Bradley and Kendall Burr, O'Melveny & Myers, New York, New York for MGA Entertainment, Inc.
Defendant's Attorney: Juan Pablo Alban and Timothy L Alger, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver and Hedges, Los Angeles, California for Mattel, Inc.
Description: Carter Bryant claimed that the developed Bratz dolls during breaks in employment with Mattel but Mattel claimed that he developed the designs for the dolls while working for it and claimed that it was entitled to the money made by MGA from the sale of the dolls.
Mattel claimed that MGA and its Chief Executive Isaac Larian intentionally interfered with the contractual duties owed by Bryant to Mattel and converted Mattel property for their own use. Mattel also claimed that Bratz dolls infringe copyrights Mattel may own and Mattel should collect monetray damages. Mattel claimed that that certain drawings of Carter Bryant were created while he worked at Mattel.
Outcome: Defendant's verdict on its counterclaim against Bryant and MGA.
Bryant reached a confidential settlement with Mattel and is no longer a defendant in the litigation.