The U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a December 2008 order that gave Mattel the rights to most of the Bratz products. A jury previously had found the Bratz designer was working at Mattel when he came up with the idea for the skanky -- er, sassy -- dolls.
The appeals court says the case likely needs to be retried.
According to a recent article, "In particular, a jury would have to decide whether Mattel, under the employment agreement with its former employee, is entitled to his ideas and to his drawings if they weren’t part of his work for the toymaker, the three-member panel said."
Mattel in a statement said the company is looking forward to a full trial against the maker of Bratz dolls, MGA Entertainment Inc., according to the article.
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